Beyond the Blue Horizon: How the Earliest Mariners Unlocked the Secrets of the Oceans

Beyond the Blue Horizon: How the Earliest Mariners Unlocked the Secrets of the Oceans


In Beyond the Blue Horizon, archaeologist and historian Brian Fagan tackles his richest subject but: the long-lasting quest to grasp the oceans, the planet's such a lot mysterious terrain. we all know the stories of Columbus and Captain cook dinner, but a lot previous mariners made both daring and world-changing voyages. From the instant whilst historic Polynesians first dared to sail past the horizon, Fagan vividly explains how our mastery of the oceans replaced the process human heritage.

What drove people to hazard their lives on open water? How did early sailors free up the secrets and techniques of winds, tides, and the celebs they advised by way of? What have been the earliest ocean crossings like? With compelling aspect, Fagan finds how seafaring developed in order that the forbidding nation-states of the ocean gods have been reworked from limitations right into a nexus of trade and cultural alternate. From bamboo rafts within the Java Sea to triremes within the Aegean, from Norse longboats to sealskin kayaks in Alaska, Fagan crafts a charming narrative of humanity's urge to problem the unknown and hunt down far-off beaches. Beyond the Blue Horizon will enthrall readers who loved Dava Sobel's Longitude, Simon Winchester's Atlantic, and Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel.

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