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The Exploration of
North America
1630-1776

by
W. P. CUMMING, S. E. HILLIER,
D B QUINN AND GLYNDWR WILLIAMS
1974, Published by ELEK BOOKS LIMITED, London
ISBN 0 236 31055 0
304 pages 235mm. x 308mm. x 33mm. Weight unwrapped 1.93 kilo.

A quarto sized green cloth bound book with gilt lettering to spine in at least VERY GOOD PLUS condition with a minimum of shelf wear. No inscriptions. Page block, illustrated throughout with 400 plates of which 47 are in full colour, is clean, tight and bright. In a complete VERY GOOD PLUS dust wrapper.

 

Jacket flap blurb

The Exploration of North America 1630-1776
W. P. CUMMING, S. E. HILLIER D B QUINN AND GLYNDWR WILLIAMS

a companion volume to The Discovery of America

The expanding panorama of a moving frontier is the scope of this volume, like its predecessor, a compelling recreation of a new land and its impact on the men found it. For the first time the powerful multinational exploration of colonial North America is comprehensively portrayed on a continental scale through carefully documented historical commentary linked to original narratives by traders, frontiersmen, priests and soldiers and a superb range of contemporary maps. drawings and pictures, many never before reproduced.

By 1630 Europeans had established settlements on the eastern and southern fringes of North America, but the extent of the huge continent, discovered nearly a century and a half earlier, had scarcely begun to be appreciated. The interior was strange, forbidding, and virtually unknown. By the end of the period covered in this volume, the self-confident and prosperous Atlantic seaboard colonies were on the verge of declaring formal independence and, except for the remote areas of the north and northwest, the general configuration of the continent was known. in the intervening 150 years the trails of the explorers had crisscrossed vast areas of America.

The amount of discovery literature published during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries is enormous, and ranges from the articulate reports contained in the Jesuit Relations to the rough but graph accounts of traders. The aims of the explorers' journeys varied: exploitation of the fur trade, determination to claim new territories, missionary zeal, the quest or the western ocean, and, in the end, delineation of boundaries. But whatever their mo tires, the explorers' narratives are full of vivid descriptions of great rivers, seemingly endless plains, snow capped mountains, lakes like inland seas, and above all the customs and curiosities of the numerous indian peoples and the super-abundance of animal and plant life.

Each chapter of this book is prefaced by a historical survey of the opening up a new land and the new routes followed. In the contemnor accounts certain figures stand out for the importance of their journeys or the perception of their writings: Radisson who served both British and French in turn; La Vérendrye searching for the western ocean; La Salle on the Mississippi and the Gulf coast Gist and Daniel Boone in Kentucky, Pérea and Cook on the northwest coast; Escalante in the western interior. The experience of these men is not only richly informative but makes highly entertaining and absorbing narrative in its own right.

400 plates of which 47 are in colour

The illustrations on the jacket are from the map. 'A New and Exact Map of the Dominions of the King of Great Briton on ye Continent of North America', 1715, in The World Discovered, by Herman Moll, 1708-20. (Collection: W. P. Cumming; photography by Earl Lawrimor)

The authors

The authors are specialists in the field of North American history and cartography. Professor W P Cumming, Irvin Professor Emeritus of Davidson College, NC, who contributed to The Discovery of North America, is the author of The Southeast in Early Maps and other books and articles on related subjects. Dr Susan Hillier works for Colonial Williamsburg in London and has specialized in the history of the English colonies in America. Professor D. B. Quinn, Andrew Geddes and John Rankin Professor of Modern History at Liverpool University, who was also associated with The Discovery, has during the last thirty years written many standard books on North American exploration.

Dr Glyndwr Williams, Reader in History at Queen Mary College, University of London, is the author of several books on North American and Pacific exploration, and is General Editor of the Hudson's Bay Record Society.

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