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A Book of Discovery

M. B. Synge

1. 00 - Introduction
2. 01 - A Little Old World
3. 02 - Early Mariners
4. 03 - Is the World Flat
5. 04 - Herodotus?the Traveller
6. 05 - Alexander the Great Explores India
7. 06 - Pytheas Finds the British Isles
8. 07 - Julius Caesar as Explorer
9. 08 - Strabo's Geography
10. 09 - The Roman Empire and Pliny
11. 10 - Ptolemy's Maps
12. 11 - Pilgrim Travellers
13. 12 - Irish Explorers
14. 13 - After Mohammed
15. 14 - The Vikings Sail the Northern Seas
16. 15 - Arab Wayfarers
17. 16 - Travellers to the East
18. 17 - Marco Polo
19. 18 - The End of Mediaeval Exploration
20. 19 - Mediaeval Maps
21. 20 - Prince Henry of Portugal
22. 21 - Bartholomew Diaz Reaches the Stormy Cape
23. 22 - Christopher Columbus
24. 23 - A Great New World
25. 24 - Vasco da Gama Reaches India
26. 25 - Discovery of the Spice Islands
27. 26 - Balboa Sees the Pacific Ocean
28. 27 - Magellan Sails Round the World
29. 28 - Cortes Explores and Conquers Mexico
30. 29 - Explorers in South America
31. 30 - Cabot Sails to Newfoundland
32. 31 - Jacques Cartier Explores Canada
33. 32 - Search For a North-West Passage
34. 33 - Frobisher Searches for a North-West Passage
35. 34 - Drake's Famous Voyage Round the World
36. 35 - Davis Straight
37. 36 - Barents Sails to Spitzbergen
38. 37 - Hudson Finds His Bay
39. 38 - Baffin Finds His Bay
40. 39 - Sir Walter Raleigh Searches for El Dorado
41. 40 - Champlain Discovers Lake Ontario
42. 41 - Early Discoverers of Australia
43. 42 - Tasman Finds Tasmania
44. 43 - Dampier Discovers His Straight
45. 44 - Behring Finds His Straight
46. 45 - Cook Discovers New Zealand
47. 46 - Cook's Third Voyage and Death
48. 47 - Bruce's Travels in Abyssinia
49. 48 - Mungo Park and the Niger
50. 49 - Vancouver Discovers His Island
51. 50 - Mackenzie and His River
52. 51 - Parry Discovers Lancaster Sound
53. 52 - The Frozen North
54. 53 - Franklin's Land Voyage to the North
55. 54 - Parry's Polar Voyage
56. 55 - The Search for Timbuktu
57. 56 - Landers Discover the Mouth of the Niger
58. 57 - Ross Discovers the North Magnetic Pole
59. 58 - Flinders Names Australia
60. 59 - Sturt's Discoveries in Australia
61. 60 - Ross Makes Discoveries in the Antarctic Seas
62. 61 - Franklin Discovers the North-West Passage
63. 62 - David Livingstone
64. 63 - Burton and Speke in Central Africa
65. 64 - Livingston Traces Lakes Shirwa and Nyassa
66. 65 - Expedition to Victoria Nyanza
67. 66 - Baker Finds Albert Nyanza
68. 67 - Livingstone's Last Journey
69. 68 - Through the Dark Continent
70. 69 - Nordenskiold Finds North-East Passage
71. 70 - The Exploration of Tibet
72. 71 - Nansen Reaches Farthest North
73. 72 - Peary Reaches the North Pole
74. 73 - The Quest for the South Pole
75. 74 - Dates of Chief Events

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Telling the history of geographical discoveries, "Book of Discovery" is a record of splendid endurance, of hardships bravely borne, of silent toil, of courage and resolution unequalled in the annals of mankind, of self-sacrifice unrivalled and faithful lives laid ungrudgingly down. Of the many who went forth, the few only attained. It is of these few that this book tells. (From the Preface of the book).