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Age of Discovery — 1400 - 1700

Books on General Discovery Topics, Explorers, & Pirates

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Under General Discovery Topics you will find 2 books by Genevieve Foster, telling stories that span this entire time period. Then comes some general books on world exploration and explorers.

The last section is the always-enticing subject of Pirates! Our favorite books there include The Dark Frigate and a book from the Magic Tree House series entitled Pirates.

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WORLD HISTORY 1400-1700: General Discovery Topics

The World of Columbus and Sons by Genevieve Foster. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1965. JH+
Told in story format, this chronicles key figures during Columbus' lifetime (1462-1507), from kings to religious leaders to artists.

World of Captain John Smith by Genevieve Foster. JH+
Told in story format, this chronicles key figures during Smith's lifetime (1580-1631), from queens to religious leaders to artists.

WORLD HISTORY 1400-1700: Exploration

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A 16th Century Galleon (Inside Story) by Richard Humble, illus. Mark Bergin. UE+

Around the World in a Hundred Years: From Henry the Navigator to Magellan by Jean Fritz. UE+
Well researched and presented, this chronicles the key figures of the "exploration explosion." Nice black line illustrations.

Explorers: From Columbus to Armstrong (Famous Lives) Usborne.

Explorers News by Michael Johnstone. UE+

Exploring the World by Fiona Macdonald, illus. Gerald Wood. Peter Bedrick Books, 1996. E-UE+
The stories of the first 2 voyages around the world opens our eyes to the explorers of that era -- their preparations, their skills, and their risks. Well done.

Scholastic Atlas of Exploration by Dinah Starkey. HarperColllins Publishers Ltd., 1993. E-UE+
Covers ancient explorers to the present, with a section on the "First Great Age of Exploration." Tells of individual explorers and their experiences, travel conditions, supplies taken and items brought back.

WORLD HISTORY 1400-1700: Pirates

The Dark Frigate by Charles Boardman Hawes. Little, Brown and Co., 1971. UE+
Newbery Medal. The adventures of young Philip, a crewmember of a merchant ship that is overtaken by pirates. Vocabulary reflects the era (1640's). Caution: A few "mild" curse words.

Hostage on the Nighthawk: Governor William Penn (Trailblazer Books) by Dave & Neta Jackson. E-JH
Christian historical fiction. William Penn and pirates, c. 1690's.

Pirates (Magic Tree House Research Guide) by Will Osborne and Mary Pope Osborne. Random House, 2001. E-UE
The Osborne's research guides provide all the facts in a fun way, with lots of black-and-white illustrations. Recommended.

Pirates by Philip Steele. Kingfisher, 1997. UE+
In typical Kingfisher style, everything "pirate" is covered in detail with illustrations that make the book hard to put down. Very well done.

Terror of the Spanish Main: Sir Henry Morgan and His Buccaneers by Albert Marrin. Dutton, 1999. UE-HS

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. JH-HS

Westward Ho By Charles Kingsley. Dodd, Mead & Company, 1855, 1941. HS
A classic novel set in the Elizabethan Age. Sea adventures are told as the main character sails west.

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