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Who Was First?: Discovering the Americas



by
Russell Freedman

Edition
-
Publisher
Clarion
Imprint
Print
ISBN
9780618663910

Awards and Honors
ALA Notable Book for Older Readers | Booklist Editor’s Choice 2007 | CCBC Choices 2008, Historical Places, People, and Events | Horn Book Fanfare List – Best Books of 2007, Nonfiction | School Library Journal – Best Books 2007 | VOYA Nonfiction Honor List 2007 | NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2008, History/Life and Culture in the Americas
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While it is commonly believed that Christopher Columbus was the first to make a successful round-trip voyage to the Americas, in recent years new evidence has cast this idea into doubt. It suggests that there may have been Chinese and Viking "discoveries" of the New World that predate Columbus's arrival. This book considers these possibilities and describes the complex societies explorers would have found, built by the tens of millions of people native to North and South America. Full-color illustrations. Includes notes and a select bibliography.

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Format

Print

Page Count

96

Trim Size

9 1/2" x 9 1/2"

Dewey

970.01

AR

8.6: points 3

Lexile

1310L

Genre

Nonfiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

7

JLG Release

Dec 2007

Book Genres

Nonfiction

Topics

Exploration of North America. Earliest settlers. Christopher Columbus (1451-1506). Portugal. Spain. Navigation. Seafaring. Voyages. Ships. Sailors. Food. Shelter. Gold. Colonialism. Governing. Failure. Illness. Slavery. Maps. Admiral Zheng He, a.k.a. Sinbad (1371-1433). The Overall Survey of the Ocean's Shores. 1421: The Year China Discovered America. China in the Middle Ages. Legends. Leadership. Gavin Menzies (1937-).Theories. Scientific method. Searching for evidence. Medieval writings. Treasure fleets. Compasses. Shipwrecks. The Newport Tower. Chinese influences in art. Leif Erikson (c.975-c.1020). Vikings. The Vinland Sagas. Helge Ingstad (1899-2001). Ruins. Archaeology. Pioneers. Place names. Artifacts. Native peoples. Culture. Civilization. Stereotypes. The Iroquois Confederacy. Mexico. Aztecs. Spanish invaders. Hernando Cortés (1485-1547). Peru. Incas. Conquistadors. Francisco Pizarro (c.1478-1541). Mayans. Olmecs. Caral. Anthropology. Prehistory. The Stone Age. G

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal*

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Freedman demonstrates how North and South America have been discovered and settled over and over since the Stone Age. In lively, graceful prose, he invites readers to ponder serious historical questions. Straightforward explanations of various historical theories include evidence for and against their validity. The book's design adds to its appeal, with plenty of color, ample white space, and carefully chosen illustrations. Bib., ind.

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