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He was convinced, NOT that the Earth was flat but that the Earth was much smaller than just about any intellectual living at the time knew it actually was and one of his stated goals for his journey west was to visit China directly across the Atlantic Ocean from Europe.

Sadly, this racial dynamic continues in Virginia and unrelated to any mention in this book it also occurs to this day elsewhere, as well. No one wants to build a national story around a man killing and eating his pregnant wife, or colonists too lazy to grow their own food.

Dominicans proudly assert that Columbus is buried there, not in Spain as the Spanish insist. Of course, it helped that the local native population had its own problems at the time with droughts, famines, pestilences brought by Europeans not to mention inter-tribal fighting.

That the English ever succeeded in North America is amazing but certainly the Spanish unwittingly helped out by pre-thinning the native population by means of smallpox which the English reinforced by bringing more.

In a modern-day mirror to that sectarian strife the author found the Catholics and Protestants in modern-day St. After the Spanish destroyed all the Indian settlements in their path, they returned from their wanderings and died of the starvation they had caused - no more thriving villages to loot.

Augustine as badly as anywhere else reinterpreted its own history in a fashion rifted in divided cultural interpretations each steeped in their own self-affirming mythology devoid of factual basis. Mythology, as it turns out, is what this book is really all about and where there is no mythology there is no point for discussion in this book.

Along the way the author meets a motley crew of Indians and descendents of of Spanish settlers as well as Anglo-Americans living now where this story unfolded back then.

This is also why Jamestown failed: Without smallpox this story would be a very different one. This saga is incomplete without some explanation of the subsequent deeds of Estevenico and it must be noted reality here was even stranger and more improbable than mere myth.

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Had disease not been a major factor nor the wow factor of their technology they would have been in for a far more expensive undertaking than was economically viable. Unlike the first time he was there this time he delves deeper into the fabric of the local community following the pattern he established on his visit to Santo Domingo and followed since then of going "local" for a short time and not merely playing tourist nor reporter but getting himself "embedded" in the local community.

He reported his experience up the chainmail of command having acquired a respect for and sensitivity to the Indians. This is ironic given the horrors Columbus brought there.

Upon his return to Plymouth and as a result of this deeper delving the author comes to realize that the inhabitants of Plymouth have a surprisingly sophisticated and circumspect understanding of the historical reality of their town and its place in American history.

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The others usually get all the credit because they wrote the histories most of us Moderns digest be it reading or watching television. To be blunt Roanoke was an English S.

At this point in the story it is worth noting that things really begin to get complicated when the descendents of black slaves and the descendents of Indians find themselves at cross purposes, especially in light of the fact there were and still are now folks with a lot of DNA from both groups in their ancestry.Apr 30,  · CUTTYHUNK ISLAND, Mass.

— Tony Horwitz’s new book, “A Voyage Long and Strange,” is about the American history most Americans never learned, including the story of the short-lived, earlyth-century colony established on this windswept island eight miles west of Martha’s Vineyard. Tony Horwitz is the bestselling author of Midnight Rising, A Voyage Long and Strange, Blue Latitudes, Confederates in the Attic, and Baghdad Without a Map.

He is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has worked.

May 28,  · Horwitz starts in Florida and retraces the itinerary of De Soto's expedition northward through Georgia and the Carolinas and down into Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana (a tiny sliver), and Texas en route to Mexico by sea for the relative few remaining Eclectic Arcania.

Reaction to Tony Horwitz's A Voyage Long and Strange Essay A Voyage Long and Strange written by Tony Horwitz is a novel in which he shares he thoughts and discoveries as he retraces the steps of some of the first people to ever set foot in North America. A Voyage Long and Strange by Tony Horwitz Published by Picador in in New York City Physical Contents: This book did not include any footnotes or photographs, but it did have a preface, illustrations, maps, and illustrations.

The preface is an introduction to why Horwitz is writing the book. Horwitz was born Anthony Lander Horwitz in Washington, D.C., the son of Norman Harold Horwitz, a neurosurgeon, and Elinor Lander Horwitz, a writer.

Horwitz is an alumnus of Sidwell Friends School, in Washington, D.C.

Reaction to tony horwitz s a voyage
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