A Book of American Explorers


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This book tells the story of exploration in America in the words of the explorers themselves. It consists of extracts from narratives of the early discoverers and explorers of the American continent from the Northmen in 10th century to 17th century Massachusets Bay Colony. - Summary by Kikisaulite (9 hr 54 min)

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Preface 2:57 Read by Larry Wilson
Book I, The Legends of the Northmen (985‒1008). Part 1, How the Northmen discov… 6:32 Read by Phil Schempf
Book I, Part 2, The Voyage of Leif the Lucky 4:14 Read by Phil Schempf
Book I, Part 3, Leif finds Vines, and goes back to Greenland 2:57 Read by Phil Schempf
Book I, Part 4, Thorvald, Leif’s Brother, goes to Vinland 4:46 Read by Phil Schempf
Book I, Part 5, Karlsefni’s Adventures 5:08 Read by Phil Schempf
Book II, Columbus and his Companions (1492‒1503). Part 1, The First Letter from… 12:51 Read by Pete McElveen
Book II, Part 2, The Second Voyage of Columbus 8:47 Read by Pete McElveen
Book II, Part 3, Columbus reaches the Mainland 5:16 Read by Pete McElveen
Book II, Part 4, Columbus at the Mouth of the Orinoco 3:50 Read by Pete McElveen
Book II, Part 5, Columbus thinks himself near the Earthly Paradise 4:51 Read by Pete McElveen
Book II, Part 6, Daring Deed of Diego Mendez 7:35 Read by deongines
Book II, Part 7, How Diego Mendez got Food for Columbus 7:15 Read by deongines
Book II, Part 8, How Diego Mendez saved Columbus 12:17 Read by deongines
Book II, Part 9, Appeal of Columbus in his Old Age 5:07 Read by deongines
Book III, Cabot and Verrazzano (1497‒1524). Part 1, First News of John and Seba… 3:50 Read by John
Book III, Part 2, Sebastian Cabot’s Voyage 6:15 Read by John
Book III, Part 3, Verrazzano’s Letter to the King 17:33 Read by John
Book IV, The Strange Voyage of Cabeza de Vaca (1528‒1533). Part 1, The Strange … 14:06 Read by Elsie Selwyn
Book IV, Part 2, Cabeza de Vaca saved by Indians 7:16 Read by Elsie Selwyn
Book IV, Part 3, Cabeza de Vaca’s Captivity 5:59 Read by Elsie Selwyn
Book IV, Part 4, The Indians of the Gulf of Mexico 2:58 Read by Elsie Selwyn
Book IV, Part 5, Cabeza de Vaca’s Escape 5:29 Read by Elsie Selwyn
Book V, The French in Canada (1534‒1536). Part 1, Cartier’s Visit to Bay of Cha… 6:01 Read by Sabrina Antonelli
Book V, Part 2, Cartier sets up a Cross 4:04 Read by Rita Boutros
Book V, Part 3, Cartier ascends the St. Lawrence 7:59 Read by Rita Boutros
Book V, Part 4, How the Indians tried to frighten Cartier 5:13 Read by Rita Boutros
Book V, Part 5, How Cartier reached Hochelaga, now Montreal 7:20 Read by Rita Boutros
Book V, Part 6, The Festivities at Hochelaga 8:27 Read by Rita Boutros
Book VI, Adventures of De Soto (1538‒1542). Part 1, How De Soto set sail 7:01 Read by Rita Boutros
Book VI, Part 2, De Soto attacks the Indians, and finds a Fellow Countryman 4:11 Read by April6090
Book VI, Part 3, The Story of John Ortiz 10:28 Read by deongines
Book VI, Part 4, De Soto discovers the Mississippi 7:59 Read by deongines
Book VI, Part 5, De Soto’s Vain Attempts to reach the Sea 6:45 Read by deongines
Book VI, Part 6, Death and Burial of De Soto 5:21 Read by deongines
Book VII, The French in Florida (1562‒1565). Part 1, Jean Ribaut in Florida 12:07 Read by Duane Desalvo
Book VII, Part 2, Alone in the New World 13:24 Read by Duane Desalvo
Book VII, Part 3, Laudonnière’s Search for the Colonists 5:47 Read by Duane Desalvo
Book VII, Part 4, Capture of Fort Caroline by the Spaniards 13:18 Read by Duane Desalvo
Book VIII, Sir Humphrey Gilbert (1583) 10:49 Read by Duane Desalvo
Book IX, The Lost Colonies of Virginia (1584‒1590). Part 1, The First Voyage to… 12:23 Read by Duane Desalvo
Book IX, Part 2, Visit to an Indian Princess 4:50 Read by April6090
Book IX, Part 3, Adventures of the First Virginia Colony 5:54 Read by deongines
Book IX, Part 4, The Second English Colony in Virginia 13:15 Read by deongines
Book IX, Part 5, Search for the Lost Colony 8:20 Read by deongines
Book X, Unsuccessful New England Settlements (1602‒1607). Part 1, Gosnold’s For… 21:23 Read by deongines
Book X, Part 2, Captain Waymouth explores the Penobscot 18:46 Read by deongines
Book X, Part 3, The Popham Colony on the Kennebec 6:50 Read by ChadH94
Book X, Part 4, Captain Gilbert’s Adventure with Indians 4:52 Read by April6090
Book XI, Captain John Smith (1606‒1631). Part 1, The Virginia Colony 8:01 Read by BettyB
Book XI, Part 2, The Colonists 3:40 Read by BettyB
Book XI, Part 3, Captain Smith’s Capture by Indians 7:47 Read by BettyB
Book XI, Part 4, Captain Smith and Pocahontas 9:02 Read by BettyB
Book XI, Part 5, King Powhatan 3:46 Read by BettyB
Book XI, Part 6, A Virginia Princess 2:22 Read by BettyB
Book XI, Part 7, An Indian Dance in Virginia 2:34 Read by BettyB
Book XI, Part 8, Indian Children 2:57 Read by BettyB
Book XI, Part 9, “The Planter’s Pleasure and Profit” 4:10 Read by BettyB
Book XI, part 10, The Glories of Fishing 4:16 Read by BettyB
Book XI, part 11, Visit of Pocahontas to London 10:24 Read by BettyB
Book XI, Part 12, First Buildings of the Virginia Colonists 2:05 Read by BettyB
Book XI, Part 13, Captain Smith’s Recollections 2:17 Read by BettyB
Book XII, Champlain on the War-Path (1609) 16:10 Read by Duane Desalvo
Book XIII, Henry Hudson and the New Netherlands (1609‒1626). Part 1, Discovery … 16:52 Read by KevinS
Book XIII, Part 2, Indian Traditions of Hudson’s Arrival 10:52 Read by KevinS
Book XIII, Part 3, Hudson’s Last Voyage, and how he was set adrift in the Ice 12:55 Read by Duane Desalvo
Book XIII, Part 4, Dutch Settlement of the New Netherlands 7:27 Read by ChadH94
Book XIV, The Pilgrims at Plymouth (1620‒1621). Part 1, Sailing of the Pilgrims 3:03 Read by Larry Wilson
Book XIV, Part 2, Miles Standish at Cape Cod 10:32 Read by Larry Wilson
Book XIV, Part 3, The First Encounter 11:14 Read by Larry Wilson
Book, XIV, Part 4, The Landing on Plymouth Rock 2:49 Read by Larry Wilson
Book XIV, Part 5, Plymouth Village founded 7:14 Read by Larry Wilson
Book XIV, Part 6, “Welcome, Englishmen!” 7:00 Read by Larry Wilson
Book XV, The Massachusetts Bay Colony (1629‒1631). Part 1, Voyage of the Massac… 5:35 Read by Larry Wilson
Book XV, Part 2, The Puritans in Salem Harbor 4:30 Read by Larry Wilson
Book XV, Part 3, The Four Elements in New England 14:02 Read by Larry Wilson
Book XV, Part 4, A Sea-Adventure of the Puritans 3:56 Read by Larry Wilson
Book XV, Part 5, Governor Winthrop’s Night out of Doors 2:03 Read by Larry Wilson
Book XV, Part 6, The Privations of the Puritans 4:34 Read by Larry Wilson