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Selkirk S Island

Author : Diana Souhami
ISBN : 9781780878775
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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When Alexander Selkirk was abandoned by his shipmates on the remote island of Juan Fernandez in 1704 he could not have know that he wouldn't see another human soul for four long years, could not have anticipated the lonely and fierce existence to which he had been condemned, nor could he have ever guessed that his plight - recreated in the form of Robinson Crusoe - would be immortalised by Daniel Defoe. In this startlingly original book, award-winning author Diana Souhami brings new life to this story, evoking the abandoned sailor's struggle with solitude, God and the savage new home into which he had been so brutally thrust.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Library Of Congress Subject Headings

Author : Library of Congress
ISBN : MINN:30000009886320
Genre : Subject headings, Library of Congress
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A Dutch Castaway On Ascension Island In 1725

Author : Alex Ritsema
ISBN : 9781411698321
Genre : Travel
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On 5 May 1725 a Dutch ship's officer, Leendert Hasenbosch, was set ashore on the desert island of Ascension in the South Atlantic Ocean, as a punishment for sodomy. He tried to survive on turtles and birds but found very little water on the barren island. He wrote a diary. He probably died after about half a year. In January 1726 British mariners found his tent, diary and other things and brought the diary to England. In 1728 a first English version of the diary of the Dutch castaway was published. Other versions followed. Who was the castaway? The truth was disclosed by the Dutch historian Michiel Koolbergen (1953-2002), in a posthumously published book in Dutch. With the support of Michiel Koolbergen's family and publisher, this new book discloses the truth in English. This book is illustrated with line drawings, both historic ones and by the Dutch artist Anneke de Vries.
Category: Travel

The Manual

Author : Keith Riegert
ISBN : 9781612432014
Genre : Reference
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SO YOU’VE DECIDED TO GO IN SEARCH OF YOUR MANHOOD. GOOD FOR YOU. WE’RE HERE TO HELP. Wanna know.... * How to throw a Mike Tyson-style uppercut. * Whiskey, whisky, bourbon or Scotch? * How the U.S. Government created the Las Vegas Strip. * Big-game hunting ... 10,000 years ago. * How opium bought Hong Kong and cocaine built Miami. * The mysterious art of testicular navigation.
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Listverse Com S Ultimate Book Of Bizarre Lists

Author : Jamie Frater
ISBN : 9781569758854
Genre : Reference
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FREAKS OF NATURE, ODD CRIMES, SHOCKING DEATHS, DEVASTATING DISASTERS, BLOOD-CURDLING RITES, CRAZY CONSPIRACIES & MUCH, MUCH MORE *Gruesome Torture Devices *Mass Hysteria Outbreaks *Unbelievable Miniatures *Disturbingly Scary Clowns *Outer Space Mysteries *Astonishing Aphrodisiacs *Disgusting Ancient Jobs *Spooky Sports Curses *World-Famous Penises *Mail-Order-Bride Shockers *Brutal Pope Deaths *Outrageous Wedding Locales *Grossest Edible Animals *Appalling Religious Practices
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Lord Selkirk

Author : J. M. Bumsted
ISBN : 9780887553370
Genre : History
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Thomas Douglas, the Fifth Earl of Selkirk (1770–1820), was a complex man of his times, whose passions left an indelible mark on Canadian history. A product of the Scottish Enlightenment and witness to the French Revolution, he dedicated his fortune and energy to the vision of a new colony at the centre of North America. His final legacy, the Red River Settlement, led to the eventual end of the dominance of the fur trade and began the demographic and social transformation of western Canada. The product of three decades of research, this is the definitive biography of Lord Selkirk. Bumsted’s passionate prose and thoughtful analysis illuminate not only the man, but also the political and economic realities of the British empire at the turn of the nineteenth century. He analyzes Selkirk’s position within these realities, showing how his paternalistic attitudes informed his “social experiments” in colonization and translated into unpredictable, and often tragic, outcomes. Bumsted also provides extensive detail on the complexities of colonization, the Scottish Enlightenment, Scottish peerage, the fur trade, the Red River settlement, and early British-Canadian politics.
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Survivors

Author : John B. Letterman
ISBN : 0743245474
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Presents more than thirty first-person narratives by people who have surived life-threatening dangers, including shipwreck, famine, war, and natural disasters, including the conquistador Cabeza de Vaca and John McCain.
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The Great South Sea

Author : Glyndwr Williams
ISBN : 0300105681
Genre : History
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From the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, English buccaneers, privateers, and naval expeditions sought fame and fortune in the distant reaches of the South Sea. Beginning with the voyage of Francis Drake in the 1570s and continuing through that of George Anson in the 1740s, a series of predatory English adventurers pursued Spanish treasure, and for a few the dream of riches came true. For most, the voyages ended in disappointment, and sometimes death. This engrossing book investigates these maritime adventures and how they were described in popular accounts of the time--accounts that affected English consciousness and perceptions of the wider world and that influenced the planning and nature of the later great voyages of James Cook and others. Glyndwr Williams, a leading expert on the exploration of the Pacific Ocean, draws on printed accounts of South Sea voyages as well as unpublished records--buccaneer journals, expedition papers, and government documents from public and private archives. For English seamen preying on Spanish trade and treasure, the South Sea was limited to the waters lapping the shores of Chile, Peru, and Mexico. But the vision was wider for others, Williams reveals. Cartographers at home in England, untrammeled by the constraints and dangers of actual voyaging, produced speculative maps with a vast Terra Australis Incognita, with fabulous Islands of Solomon, and with a promised short passage from Atlantic to Pacific. Satirical and utopian writers from Joseph Hall to Jonathan Swift found ample space in the wide ocean for their fictional travelers. And contemporary published voyage accounts--marvelous, though not necessarily reliable--further blurred the line between real and imaginary, contributing to the alluring, exotic image of the South Sea that took root in English folk memory and long outlasted the age of the buccaneers.
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