This book is a good introductory overview of early European exploration and trade. Included are chapters about the ancient Mediterranean, Venice, the circumnavigation of Africa, the discovery of America, the slave trade, and a number of other topics. Most of the maps illustrated are from Bellin's Petit Atlas Maritime, but some early portolans are illustrated in color. The book gives a good overview of European man's relationship with the sea.
David C. Jolly, 1989
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