Why did I love this book?
Even before the New World was discovered, people dreamt of a legendary place west of the Atlantic. In his beautiful book, The European Discovery of America: The Northern Voyages, Samuel Eliot Morison tells the story of the many adventurers from Western Europe, starting with Saint Brendan and ending with Sir Walter Raleigh, who risked everything to find this place. Morison did this not just by studying every primary source he could find on these men, but by sailing his own boat or flying in a small airplane over the same routes they took. To this day, I can’t hear names of explorers like Leif Ericson, Jacques Cartier, or Martin Frobisher without wondering, “How could they have been brave enough to climb into their tiny ships and launch into the unknown?”