Beyond the Blue Horizon

Beyond the Blue Horizon

How the Earliest Mariners Unlocked the Secrets of the Oceans

Book - 2012
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Looks at the early development of navigation, examining how ancient humans discovered the secrets of wind, tides, and stars that allowed them to make long voyages that profoundly changed human civilization.
Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury Press, c2012.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781608190058
Branch Call Number: 910.45 Fag
Characteristics: xx, 313 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.


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Dec 27, 2017

Beyond the Blue Horizon tells the story of water travel throughout human history. Chronically Fagan reveals and speculates about early settlers in what is now Indonesia daring to cross the water to get to island on a line-of-sight basis around 40,000 years ago. Next he takes on the Aegean Sea, the eastern Mediterranean the Red Sea the Indian and Arab sailers that used the monsoons to establish trade between present day Pakistan and western Africa.

Fagan then proceeds to reveal trade developed between the Mediterranean and Britain, Ireland and Baltic and Scandinavian countries. What follows is Viking and Norse conquest and exploitation of resources and peoples from Europe to Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland. Obviously, this is well past the time of line-of-sight sailing and paddling. The vessels the various peoples employed were also different for different requirements and using those materials to make boats and ships that were available in their part of the world.

The last chapters focus on the Aleuts and native peoples in what is now British Columbia and as far as the Channel Island off the coast of California. Plus the coastal natives of Peru and Equador trading with the Maya in present day Mexico. The Maya were not sea faring people but traded with the South American tribes for shells and conchs they valued.

Not a read for everybody for sure. Informative but not riveting.


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