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Title:
The age of exploration : totally getting lost / Erik Slader and Ben Thompson ; illustrated by Tim Foley.
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ISBN:
9781250150547

9781250150530
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2019.
Physical Description:
148 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
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Contents:
Lost at sea -- Vikings in America -- Marco Polo and Zheng-He: Eastern tales of discovery -- Columbus gets lucky -- Ferdinand Magellan-around the world in...three years? -- The "failure" of Giovanni da Verrazzano -- Cabeza de Vaca: castaway in Mexico -- The seven cities of gold -- Jamestown -- Captain Cook's last voyage -- Dr. Livingstone and the quest for the Nile.
Abstract:
"Christopher Columbus is one of the most famous explorers of all time, but he was neither the first nor last adventurer to ever stumble upon a great discovery. From the Silk Road of Asia to the icy shores of Antarctica, our knowledge of the world today is in large part due to several intrepid pioneers, risking life and limb for the sake of exploration. After all, setting off into the dark unknown requires an enormous amount of bravery. But every explorer quickly learns that courage and curiosity aren't enough to save you if you can't read a map or trespass on somebody else's land! In this fourth installment of the Epic Fails series, authors Erik Slader and Ben Thompson introduces readers to an international cast of trailblazers and details every mutiny, wrong turn, and undiscovered city of gold behind the age of exploration."--Book jacket.
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Summary

In the fourth installment of the Epic Fails series from authors Erik Slader and Ben Thompson and illustrator Tim Foley, The Age of Exploration: Totally Getting Lost introduces readers to an international cast of trailblazers and details every mutiny, wrong turn, and undiscovered city of gold.

Christopher Columbus is one of the most famous explorers of all time, but he was neither the first nor last adventurer to ever stumble upon a great discovery. From the Silk Road of Asia to the icy shores of Antarctica, our knowledge of the world today is in large part due to several intrepid pioneers, risking life and limb for the sake of exploration. After all, setting off into the dark unknown requires an enormous amount of bravery. But every explorer quickly learns that courage and curiosity aren't enough to save you if you can't read a map or trespass on somebody else's land!


Author Notes

Erik Slader is the creator of "Epik Fails of History" a blog (and podcast) about the most epic fails...of history. With Ben Thompson, Erik is the coauthor of the Epic Fails book series, including The Wright Brothers: Nose-Diving Into History and Race to Space: Countdown to Liftoff .

Ben Thompson is the author of over a dozen books on various awesome historical subjects including the Guts & Glory series, and has appeared on television programs for the History Channel, Discovery, and the American Heroes Channel. He has written for Cracked, Fangoria, Soldier of Fortune, and The American Mustache Institute , currently owns four swords (if you count a letter opener shaped like Glamdring the Foe-Hammer), and can occasionally beat the Star Wars Trilogy arcade game with a single quarter.