Reaction to Tony Horwitz's A Voyage Long and Strange

Topics: Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, Psychology Pages: 3 (1088 words) Published: October 23, 2013

A Voyage Long and Strange written by Tony Horwitz is a novel in which he shares he thoughts and discoveries as he retraces the steps of some of the first people to ever set foot in North America. He retraces the steps of Christopher Columbus, Eirik the Red, John Smith, and many explorers in between.


I found the first view chapters of this book to be very informative and easy to understand. I found it interesting to learn about Eirik the Red because in kindergarten we are taught the rhyme “in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue”. Although his discovery matters I think that Eirik the Red should be given more credit. Eirik had two children a son Leif, and a daughter, Ferydis. His son was known as “Leif the Lucky”. Eirik settled the Vikings in Iceland, which he named so no one would go there. He named Greenland so that people would go there when really it was cold. Columbus

I found reading about Columbus interesting. As I mentioned before I have always heard the saying but was always uncertain as to Columbus’ claim to fame. After reading about him I realized he had lots going for him other than the famous boats the Nina and Pinta. I thought it was interesting how his life before setting sail was rough, he was washed onto the shores of Portugal and his wife died during their marriage. “The Lord having opened my mind to the fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies” (p. 51). This quote to me says that he really had his mind set to finding the land and he was a very persistent and religious man. I found the picture of Columbus leaving Ferdinand and Isabel to be somewhat comical because of the boats in the background just waiting for him to get approval. The South

I always find it interesting to read books that talk about food and clothing. So in this chapter when they described hard tack it made me think a lot about how far the world has really come. Hardtack was made from flour, water, salt and was then baked. Hundreds...
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