THE NEW LAND: Discovery, Exploration, and EarLy Settlement of Northeastern United States, from EarLiest Voyages to 1621, Told in the Words of the Explorers Themselves by
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THE NEW LAND: Discovery, Exploration, and EarLy Settlement of Northeastern United States, from EarLiest Voyages to 1621, Told in the Words of the Explorers Themselves

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Continuing the recent trend toward documentary history, Mr. Viereck, teacher, author (The Summer I Was Lost) and obvious enthusiast, has collected Journals, logbooks, letters and first-hand accounts, edited them in the spirit and style of the original, and provided narration to bridge, running commentary to clarify. His wife, Ellen Viereck, supplies line drawings of implements and individuals, landscapes and townscapes, charts and views and maps of all sorts. Included are the Vinland Map anti the voyages of the French, Henry Hudson and John Smith after Jamestown (a sensible, forceful argument for colonizing New England), the Pilgrim settlement as culmination of the foregoing. The narratives vary in integral interest, but in toto the book provides: on-the-spot observation of places and people; direct contact with the minds of the recorders and, by implication, with the thinking of the time; amplification and correction in the light of later knowledge; understanding of historical study as painstaking process. With the addition of color reproductions of original maps and an extensive topical bibliography, it makes a thoughtfully conceived, handsomely executed package, well worth the price.

Pub Date: April 10th, 1967
Publisher: John Day