The Conquest of the Ocean, 1st Edition

  • Brian Lavery
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  • ISBN-10: 1465421408
  • ISBN-13: 9781465421401
  • DDC: 910.4
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade +
  • 400 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released May 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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An engaging and vivid read by author and naval historian Brian Lavery, The Conquest of the Ocean tells the 5,000 year history of the remarkable individuals who sailed the seas for trade, to conquer new lands, and to explore the unknown. From the early Polynesian sailors to the first circumnavigations by the Portuguese and the British, The Conquest of the Ocean explores the lives of these sailors and their tales of epic sea voyages, great feats of seamanship, navigation, endurance, and ingenuity. Explore the lives of famous land-seekers and globe-charters such as Christopher Columbus, Captain James Cook, and Vitus Bering through eyewitness accounts of their maritime adventures. Full color photographs, paintings, diagrams, and maps are woven into the text to help tell the compelling stories of life at sea that lie behind man's search for new lands, new trade, conquest, and uncharted waters. From the conquest of Mexico to World War II, and the voyages of the Vikings to the Exxon Valdez crisis, The Conquest of the Ocean covers the history of ships and sailing in times of exploration, war, discovery, and disaster.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: The First Ocean Sailors to 1450.
2: Exploring the Pacific.
3: Seafaring in the Mediterranean.
4: The First Sailing Vessels.
5: The Mediterranean Sea.
6: The Voyages of the Vikings.
7: The North Sea and Baltic.
8: Arab Seafaring.
9: Finding the Way.
10: The Voyages of Zheng He.
11: Pilgrims and Galleys.
12: The Battle of Winchelsea.
13: The Age of Exploration 1450–1600.
14: The New World.
15: The North Atlantic Ocean.
16: Medieval Ships.
17: To India by Sea.
18: Circumnavigating the Earth.
19: The Conquest of Mexico.
20: Exploring Canada.
21: The South Atlantic Ocean.
22: Drake's Plunder.
23: The Age of Empire 160 0–1815.
24: Colonies in America.
25: Early Modern Ships.
26: The Wreck of the Batavia.
27: The Indian Ocean.
28: East Indiamen.
29: A Life of Piracy.
30: Slave Ships in the Atlantic.
31: Cook in the Pacific.
32: Finding Latitude.
33: John Paul Jones and American Independence.
34: The Battle of Trafalgar.
35: The Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.
36: Finding Longitude.
37: Death in the Arctic.
38: Steam and Emigration 1815–1914.
39: Fire on the Oceans.
40: Early Steamships.
41: Going to America.
42: China, Japan, and the Perry Expedition.
43: The China Seas.
44: The Birth of Oceanography.
45: Saving Lives at Sea.
46: The Alabama and America at Sea.
47: The Great Tea Race.
48: Clipper Ships.
49: John Holland and the First Submarines.
50: Early Submarines.
51: To the Other Side of the World.
52: The Birth of the Luxury Liner.
53: The Great Arms Race.
54: Dreadnoughts.
55: The Wars on the Oceans 1914–1945.
56: The Battle of Jutland.
57: Modern Warships.
58: High Society at Sea.
59: The Battle of the Atlantic.
60: The Battle of Midway.
61: The Pacific Ocean.
62: The D-Day Landings.
63: Landing Craft.
64: The Global Ocean 1945–Present.
65: The Container Revolution.
66: The Cuban Missile Crisis.
67: Exploring the Deep.
68: Undersea Exploration.
69: The Falklands War.
70: Winning the America's Cup.
71: Ocean Racing.
72: The Exxon Valdez Disaster.
73: The Lawless Oceans.