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Arctic Routes to Fabled Lands: Olivier Brunel and the Passage to China and Cathay in the Sixteenth Century [Paperback]

By Marijke Spies (Author)
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Four hundred years ago on 18th May 1596, Willem Barentsz set sail with two ships for the north via the Pole. Apart from Barentsz's expedition, numerous other attempts were made by Dutch and Flemish mariners to find a northern trade route to wealthy China and mysterious Cathay. It was common knowledge that it was cold up there. North of Iceland, it was said, hung a thick fog in which people slowly choked. Even further north, was the Swallowing Sea. Ships which got caught in it were rapidly drawn into the depths of the earth, or remained suspended by the magnetic mountain, a shining black stone with a circumference of 33 miles. There was every reason to believe that this was the devil's domain: the witchcraft of the Lapps, the groaning of souls in purgatory and the horrible people inhabiting Northern Russia. To some, however, it was also an earthly paradise. In "Arctic Routes to Fabled Lands" Marijke Spies relates the story of Olivier Brunel, the Dutch explorer, who in the 16th century, even before Barentsz and Heemskerk, sought a northern trade route. The numerous maps and illustrations in the book show the geographic knowledge that was available to Olivier Brunel when in 1584 he set course from the port of Enkhuizen for the mouth of the Ob in the north of Russia.



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Studio: Amsterdam University Press
Pages   168
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.67" Width: 6.91" Height: 0.42"
Weight:   0.97 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 23, 2002
Publisher   Amsterdam University Press
ISBN  905356263X  
ISBN13  9789053562635  


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1Books > Subjects > History > Asia > China > General
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6Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Professional Science > Earth Sciences > Geography
7Books > Subjects > Science > Earth Sciences > Geography
8Books > Subjects > Sports > Winter Sports > Polar Regions
9Books > Subjects > Travel > Asia > China > General
10Books > Subjects > Travel > Asia > China
11Books > Subjects > Travel > Polar Regions > Arctic



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