Douglas & McIntyre
Historical Atlas of the Arctic

Book details:

October 2003
ISBN 978-1-55365-004-1
Hardcover
9 1/2" x 12 1/2"
208 pages
History
Science / Earth Sciences / Geography SCI030000
Nonfiction
$75.00 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

Historical Atlas of the Arctic

A landmark illustrated atlas from the creator of the national best-seller Historical Atlas of Canada. Derek Hayes charts five centuries of polar exploration and describes the passion and greed that drove men to explore the top of the world.


The vast empty spaces of the Poles were the last frontier to be assailed by explorers intent on achieving a geographical goal. But long before the North Pole was finally attained, men sailed the seas searching for an easier and shorter path to the riches of the Orient. The mapmakers of the day translated sparse information into often fanciful, sometimes stunningly artistic maps.

Author Derek Hayes documents the international race for the Pole involving expeditions on foot, by hot air balloon and by airplane. Along with the detailed historical maps, Hayes provides insightful commentary, and describes the aspirations and motivations of explorers and the harsh realities they faced. Hayes also presents a number of revealing and often beautiful scientific maps produced at a time when the military and those in search of oil probed the ocean and the ice of the arctic frontier.

About the Author

Derek  Hayes

Derek Hayes

Derek Hayes, a geographer by training, has a passion for old maps and what they can reveal about the past. He is the author of the bestselling Historical ...

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