Explorers of the Amazon by Anthony Smith

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At present, Anthony Smith is fitting up a home-made steamboat, in which he will spend the better part of the next two years investigating the Amazon, the "world's largest river and holder of the most superlatives". He concentrates in this, the first of two books, on the most illustrious of the Amazon's explorers, beginning with Cabral, the Portugese explorer credited with having discovered Brazil in 1500, and ending with the last major expedition 392 years later. In that time the world has changed dramatically (the time-span roughly parallels that between Styvesant's arrival in Manhattan and the present day) although the Amazon will appear almost the same to the modern adventurer as it seemed to the first men that set eyes, or sail, upon it.

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About the Author: Anthony Smith, now President of Magdalen College, is a major figure in the world of communication--especially television and film. He is the author of a number of books including Goodbye Gutenberg and the forthcoming Television: An International History.
Published January 22, 1990 by Viking Adult. 352 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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This history of European exploration of the Amazon will appeal to travel and adventure buffs.

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