Unknown Lands: The Log Books of the Great Explorers
This volume documents the period of exploration and enlightenment when the Old World began to open its mind to the wonders and mysteries of the New ... Show synopsis This volume documents the period of exploration and enlightenment when the Old World began to open its mind to the wonders and mysteries of the New World. Five centuries of eye-witness accounts, drawings, and notes, taken straight from the log books of such famous explorers as Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco de Gama, James Cook, and many others who names have been lost appear in these pages. For the sake of gold and God, these explorers ventured into the Sea of Darkness feared for centuries; the detailed documents they compiled are a remarkable testament to their journeys and discoveries. Francois Bellec, a world famous expert in the field of maritime exploration and history has assembled a unique document filled with extraordinary maps drawn by the explorers and their cartographers; fabulous depictions of newly discovered plants, animals, and native people; and detailed illustrations of the adventurers' own vessels and instruments, as well as the boats and instruments of technology that they encountered. Bellec's text and images convey the sense of wonder and excitement that new sights and experiences inspire. An historical record of the great discoveries that challenged and changed the understanding of European culture.