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New York : H. Holt, 2008.
xii, 445 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Map on lining papers.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -420) and index.
An irresistible blend of history, myth, and misadventure, this book captures the wonder and drama of first contact. Vikings, conquistadors, French voyageurs, these and many others roamed an unknown continent in quest of grapes, gold, converts, even a cure for syphilis. Though most failed, their remarkable exploits left an enduring mark on the land and people encountered by late-arriving English settlers.