A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels. Volume I

Robert Kerr

Series: Political Science and History
BISAC: HIS037000

A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels by Robert Kerr is an 18 volume set that contains the complete history of the origin and progress of navigation, discovery, and commerce, by sea and land. In determining upon an era for the commencement of this work, Kerr was led, from a consideration of the accidental discovery of Iceland by the Norwegians in the ninth century, to adopt that period as the beginning of the series, both because the commencement of modern maritime discovery took place during the reign of a British sovereign, and because we derive the earliest written accounts of any of these discoveries from the pen of that excellent prince. It is true that the first accidental discovery of Iceland appears to have been made in 861, eleven years before the accession of Alfred to the throne; yet, as the actual colonization of that island did not take place till the year 878, the seventh of his glorious reign, we have been induced to distinguish the actual commencement of maritime discovery by the modern European nations as coinciding with his era.
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PREFACE.
GENERAL PLAN OF THE WORK.
PART I. Voyages and Travels of Discovery, from the Era of Alfred, King of England, in the Ninth Century, to the Era of Don Henry, Prince of Portugal, at the commencement of the Fifteenth Century.
CHAPTER I. Discoveries in the time of Alfred, King of England, in the Ninth Century of the Christian Era.
CHAPTER II. Original Discovery of Greenland by the Icelanders, in the Ninth Century
CHAPTER III. Early Discovery of Winland, or America, by the Icelanders, about the year 1001
CHAPTER IV. Travels of two Mahometans into India and China, in the Ninth Century
CHAPTER V. Travels of Rabbi Benjamin from Spain to China, in the Twelfth Century
CHAPTER VI. Travels of an Englishman in Tartary, in 1243
CHAPTER VII. Sketch of the Revolutions in Tartary
CHAPTER VIII. Travels of John de Piano Carpini, in 1246
CHAPTER IX. Travels of W. de Rubruquis, about 1253
CHAPTER X. Travels of Haitho, Prince of Armenia, in 1254
CHAPTER XI. Travels of Marco Polo into China and the East; from A.D. 1260 to 1295
CHAPTER XII. Travels of Oderic of Portenau, in 1318
CHAPTER XIII. Travels of Sir John Mandeville, in 1322
CHAPTER XIV. Itinerary of Pegoletti, between Asof and China, in 1355
CHAPTER XV. Voyages of Nicolo and Antonio Zeno, in 1380
CHAPTER XVI. Travels of Schildtberger, in 1394
CHAPTER XVII. Travels of the Ambassadors of Shah Rokh, in 1419
CHAPTER XVIII. Voyage and Shipwreck of Quirini, in 1431
CHAPTER XIX. Travels of Josaphat Barbaro, in 1436
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