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Resources for the Study of the Age of Exploration

1482map.jpg 15821 bytes)There are a number of very good sources of online information regarding the Age of Exploration. An outstanding multimedia project, The European Voyages of Exploration, has been put together by the Applied History Research Group at the University of Calgary. For the student interested in general survey accounts the 1492 Exhibit is quite good. Andre Engels' Discoverers Web contains hundreds of links to further information and is an excellent place to start looking for hints to further online research. His page on primary sources is as outstanding as it is thorough. Richard Hooker has written a fine section of his general survey of western civilization called Discovery -- The Beginnings, and the  Mariners' Museum at Newport News, Virginia, is excellent as well.

On Columbus, check out Columbus and the Age of Discovery from Millersville University (Pennsylvania) and Keith A. Pickering's Columbus Navigation Home Page. Andre Engels has collected an extensive list of links on Christophorus Columbus. You can also read Dinesh D'Souza's 1995 article "The Crimes of Christopher Columbus." See also the page on Columbus at the National Maritime Museum.

For Cortés and the conquest of Mexico, see The Conquest of Mexico by Peter Rashkin and the lengthy Aztec Account of the Spanish Conquest of Mexico. The entire text of William Hickling Prescott's History of the Conquest of Mexico has been placed online by the Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library.

A Select Bibliography

Atkinson, Ian. The Viking Ships. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980. 
Authwaite, Leonard. Unrolling the Map. New York: Reynal and Hitchcock, 1935.
Bedini, Silvio A., ed. The Christopher Columbus Encyclopedia. Vols. I and II. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1992. 
Bohlander, Richard E., ed. World Explorers and Discoverers. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1992. 
Bolton, Herbert Eugene. Coronado: Knights of Pueblos and Plains. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. 1949. 
Bolton, Herbert E. The Spanish Borderlands: A Chronicle of Old Florida and the South-West. New Haven.: Yale University Press, 1921. 
Bolton, Herbert Eugene ed. Spanish Exploration in the Southwest. 1542-1706. New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1916. 
Bolton, Herbert E. and T.M. Marshall. Colonization of North America. 1936.
Boxer, Charles R. The Dutch Seaborne Empire, 1600-1800. New York, 1965.
Boxer, Charles R. The Portuguese Seaborne Empire, 1415-1825. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1969. 
Cary, Max, and E. H. Warmington. The Ancient Explorers. London: Methuen and Company, 1929.
Crosby, Alfred. The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1972.
The Diario of Christoper Columbus's First Voyage to America 1492-1493. Transcribed and translated into English by Oliver Dunn and James E. Kelley, Jr. University of Oklahoma Press, 1989.
Diaz del Castillo, Bernal. The True History of the Conquest on New Spain. ed. and trans. by A.P. Maudsley (London, Hakluyt Society, 1908-16).
Diffie, Bailey W. Prelude to Empire: Portugal Overseas Before Henry the Navigator. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1960.
Diffie, Bailey W. and George D. Winius. Foundations of the Portuguese Empire, 1411-1580 in Europe and the World in the Age of Exploration, Vol. 1. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1977.
Dodge, Stephen C. Christoper Columbus and the First Voyages to the New World. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1991. 
Dor-Ner, Zvi, and William Scheller. Columbus and the Age of Discovery. New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1991. 
Eliot, John. The Old World and the New, 1492-1650. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1970.
Frith, Henry. The Romance of Navigation: A Brief Record of Maritime Discovery. London: Ward, Lock, and Bowden, 1893. 
Hanke, Lewis. All Mankind is One: A Study of the Disputation Between Bartolomé de las Casas and Juan Gines de Sepúlveda in 1550 on the Intellectural and Religious Capacity of the American Indians. DeKalb, Northern Illinois University Press, 1974.
Hills, Ken. The Voyage of Columbus. New York: Random House, 1991.
Hourani, George Faldo. Arab Seafaring in the Indian Ocean. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1951. 
June, Cecil, ed. The Four Voyages of Columbus. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1988. 
Morison, Samuel Eliot. Admiral of the Ocean Sea; A Life of Christopher Columbus. 2 vols. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1942.
Morison, Samuel Eliot. The European Discovery of America: The Northern Voyages A.D. 500-1600. New York: Oxford University Press, 1971. 
Morison, Samuel Eliot. The European Discovery of America: The Southern Voyages A.D. 1492-1616. New York: Oxford University Press, 1974.
Morison, Samuel Eliot. ed. and trans. Journals and Other Documents on the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus. New York: The Heritage Press, 1963.
Parker, John ed. Merchants and Scholar's: Essays in History of Exploration and Trade. 1965. 
Parry, John H. The Age of Reconnaissance. New York: Mentor Books, 1964. 
Parry J. H. The Establishment of the European Hegemony: 1415-1715, Trade and Exploration in the Age of the Renaissance. New York: Harper Collins, 1990.
Parry, John Horace. Europe and a Wider World, 1415-1715. London. 1950. 
Parry John H. The Spanish Seaborne Empire. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1966.
Penrose, Boies. Travel and Discovery in the Renaissance, 1420-1620. Cambridge, Mass. 1952.
Phillips, William D., Jr. and Carla Rahn Phillips. The Worlds of Christopher Columbus. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992.
Place, Robin. The Vikings, Fact and Fiction: Adventures of Young Vikings in Jarvik. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980. 
Price, A. Grenfell. The Explorations of Captain James Cook in the Pacific, As Told by Selections of His Own Journals 1768-1779. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1971. 
Raudzens, George, ed. and contributor. Technology, Disease and Colonial Conquests, Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries: Essays Reappraising the Guns and Germs Theory. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill Publishers, 2001.
Schlesinger, Roger. In the Wake of Columbus: the Impact of the New World on Europe, 1492-1650. Wheeling, Illinois: Harlan Davidson, 1996.
Thomas, Lowell. The Untold Story of Exploration. New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1935. 

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