By Tony Horwitz
"What occurred in North the US among Columbus's sail in 1492 and the Pilgrims' arrival in 1620?
On a trip to Plymouth Rock, Tony Horwitz realizes he does not have a clue, nor do such a lot american citizens. So he units off around the continent to rediscover the wild period whilst Europeans first roamed the recent international seeking gold, glory, converts, and everlasting formative years. Horwitz tells the tale of those courageous and sometimes crazed explorers whereas retracing their steps on his personal epic trek--an odyssey that takes him inside of an Indian sweat resort in subarctic Canada, down the Mississippi in a canoe, on a highway journey fueled through buffalo meat, and into sixty kilos of armor as a conquistador reenactor in Florida.
A Voyage lengthy and unusual is a wealthy mixture of scholarship and modern day experience that brings the forgotten first bankruptcy of America's heritage vividly to life." (Google Books)
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When he led the bound captives outside, Freydis ordered them slain. But Thorvard’s men balked at killing the five women among them. “Hand me an ax,” Freydis coolly demanded. She then dispatched the five women, and threatened to kill any of her party who told what she had done. Freydis proved quite the Valkyrie in combat, too. During an exploratory foray, the Norse came under attack by a large force of Skraelings in canoes, wielding a strange weapon. ” Though heavily pregnant, she joined the battle, snatching up the sword of a slain Viking.
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All that’s needed to explore other hemispheres is a search engine. But roaming the annals of early America, I’d discovered a world that was new and strange to me. What would it be like to explore this New World, not only in books but on the ground? To take a pre-Pilgrimage through early America that ended at Plymouth Rock instead of beginning there? To make landfall where the first Europeans had, meet the Naturals, mine the past, and map its memory in the present? S. continent? I had no idea where this would lead, or what I’d find.
A Voyage Long and Strange by Tony Horwitz