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Explains the origins, history, religion, and social structure of the Mbuti Includes ancient descriptions of pygmies and theories about their evolution. ´´[T]heir eyes had an untameable wildness about them that struck me as very remarkable.´´ (French-American explorer Paul du Chaillu, 1867) The indigenous Africans known as pygmies have interested outsiders for thousands of years. In the 2200s BC, the Egyptian pharaoh Pepi II referred to one as a ´´dancing dwarf of the god from the land of spirits´´, and the Ancient Greeks were also familiar with them. Homer makes mention of pygmies in The Iliad, and Herodotus recounted the experiences of a Persian explorer who encountered ´´dwarfish people, who used clothing made from the palm tree´´, on the western coast of Africa. In fact the term pygmy comes from the Greek word for ´´dwarfish´´. Not surprisingly, foreigners´ interest in pygmies has never waned. When medieval Europeans first traveled to Africa and parts of Asia, many of them were stunned when they encountered people who were considerably smaller than the average height. Perhaps the most famous account comes from the legendary Marco Polo, who was so confused about the people known as pygmies that he refused to believe they were actually human. In his famous account, Marco Polo wrote about seeing some of them in Indonesia, ´´I may tell you moreover that when people bring home pygmies which they allege to come from India, ´tis all a lie and a cheat...for nowhere in India nor anywhere else in the world were there ever men seen so small as these pretended pygmies.´´ Marco Polo believed that the pygmies were actually monkeys that people manipulated and shaved to resemble smaller people. Today, of course, anthropologists know a lot more about the pygmies, a collective of indigenous groups in Africa who are still defined by the fact that they have an average height of less than five feet tall. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gary D. MacFadden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/038640/bk_acx0_038640_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Portuguese maritime explorers had been gradually probing southwards along the west coast of Africa since the early part of the 15th century, seeding spores of the Portuguese language, religion, and trade interests at numerous points along the way. These journeys were both enterprises in their own right, insofar as trade off the African coast was an end unto itself, as well as an effort to establish Portuguese primacy in the spice trade with India through the discovery of a viable sea route to the east. There was also something of a quasi-religious objective to the undertaking: locating the mythical Kingdom of Prester John, a fabled Christian empire thought to exist somewhere in Africa.By then, the Europeans had believed in the existence of this Christian kingdom for hundreds of years, making Prester John a fascinating but difficult topic given that his story was entirely one of legend. Given that he was not a real figure, many modern histories either omit him or ignore his story and influence altogether, but as counterintuitive as it may seem, Prester John is important because for over 500 years people thought he was real. As a result, people took very real actions attempting to find them, and they had an impact on the world, as far back as the travels of Marco Polo.By the 12th century, it was believed that far to the east, beyond the lands controlled by the Muslim armies, lived a powerful Christian king named Prester John in the land of India. While he was a king, he was also a priest (´´Prester” means Priest and was supposedly the only title he took). His kingdom was believed to be grand and contained many wonders. Marco Polo looked for Prester John, and the Crusaders wanted to reach out to Prester John. Portugal’s Henry the Navigator sent his ships out with explicit instructions of what they should do if they met Prester John, and on his historic voyages, Columbus carried two books, The Travels of Marco Polo and The Travels of Sir 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Hare. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/150631/bk_acx0_150631_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Marco Polo Pocket Guide Gran Canaria: the Travel Guide with Insider Tips Explore Gran Canaria with this handy, pocket-sized, authoritative guide, packed with Insider Tips. Discover boutique hotels, authentic restaurants, the island´s trendiest places, and get tips on shopping and what to do on a limited budget. There are plenty of ideas for travel with kids, and a summary of all the festivals and events that take place. Let Marco Polo show you all this Spanish Canary Island has to offer... Paradise beaches, rugged mountains and immense sand dunes entice the visitor, as does the big city atmosphere of the capital, Las Palmas. Diving, walking, windsurfing, enjoying the nightlife or simply relaxing, with the assurance of year-round sunshine, this island with its volcanic origins and just 85 miles from the coast of Africa, offers the perfect setting for a magical holiday...This is Gran Canaria! Your Marco Polo Gran Canaria Pocket Guide includes: Insider Tips - we show you the hidden gems and little known secrets that offer a real insight into this wonderful island. Discover a romantic place to stay in the mountains or find out where you can dance the night away to hot salsa and Latin rhythms. Best of - find the best things to do for free, the best ´only in´ Gran Canaria experiences, the best things to do if it rains and the best places to relax and spoil yourself. Sightseeing - all of the top sights are organised by areas of the island so you can easily plan your trip. Discovery Tours - 4 specially tailored tours that will get you to the heart of Gran Canaria. Here are inspirational itineraries that will help you enjoy authentic Gran Canaria. Gran Canaria in full-colour - Marco Polo Pocket Guide Gran Canaria includes full-colour photos throughout the guide bringing the island to life offering you a real taste of what you can see and enjoy on your trip. Touring App - download any of the Discovery Tours to your smartphone, complete with the detailed route description and map exactly as featured in the guide, free of charge. The maps can be used offline too, so no roaming charges. The perfect navigational tool with distance indicators and landmarks highlighting the correct direction to travel in as well as GPS coordinates along the way. Enjoy stress-free sightseeing and never get lost again! Road Atlas and pull-out map - we´ve included a detailed road atlas and a handy, pull-out map so you can pop the guide in your bag for a full-on sightseeing day or head out with just the map to enjoy your Discovery Tour. Useful Spanish phrases - the essential words and phrases are included to help you get by. Trust Marco Polo Pocket Guide Gran Canaria to show you around this wonderful island. The comprehensive coverage and unique insights will ensure you experience everything Gran Canaria has to offer and more. The special tips, personal insights and unusual experiences will help you make the most of your trip - just arrive and enjoy.
From the #1 bestselling author of History´s Greatest Generals comes an exciting new book on the greatest explorers in history and how their discoveries shaped the modern world. Whether it is Rabban Bar Sauma, the 13th-century Chinese monk commissioned by the Mongols to travel West form a military alliance against the Islam; Marco Polo, who opened a window to the East for Europe; or Captain James Cook, whose maritime voyages of discovery created the global economy of the 21st century, each of these explorers had an indelible impact on the modern world. This audiobook will look at the 11 greatest explorers in history. Some travelled for religious piety, such as Ibn Battuta, who travelled from North Africa to Indonesia in the 1300s, visiting every Islamic pilgrimage site between - and becoming counselor to over 30 heads of state. Others travelled for profit, such as Ferdinand Magellan, who wanted to consolidate Spain´s holdings on the spice trade. Still others travelled for discovery, such as Ernest Shackleton, who led two dozen men to the bottom of the world in an attempt to cross Antarctica on foot. Whatever their reason for discovery, these explorers still inspire us today to push the limits of human achievement - and discover something about ourselves in the process. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Pierce. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/020445/bk_acx0_020445_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Raised in a prosperous family of 14th century Chinese merchants, Wu Johanna has grown up on camelback, in bustling city marketplaces and the cool, shaded depths of Silk Road caravanserai. Hers is a world of spice merchants and pearl divers, bandits and troubadours, servants and sheikhs. A world in which trust is more valuable than gold, and the right name can unlock a network of contacts from Japan to North Africa. Johanna is, after all, the granddaughter of Marco Polo. In the wake of her father´s death, however, Johanna finds that lineage counts for little amid the disintegrating court of the Khan. Dynastic loyalties are shifting, petty jealousies lead to cold-blooded murders, and the long knives are coming out. If Johanna is to find a future for herself, she´ll have to rely on her wits, the vagaries of fortune, and a close-knit circle of friends and traveling companions. Her destiny-if she has one-lies more than a continent away, at the very edge of the known world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marguerite Gavin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/016013/bk_acx0_016013_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Mutiny. Disease. Starvation. Cannibals. From the ancient wayfarers to modern astronauts, world explorers have blazed trails fraught with danger. Yet, as History´s Greatest Voyages of Exploration vividly demonstrates, exploration continues to be one of humanity´s deepest impulses. Across 24 lectures that unveil the process by which we came to know the far reaches of our planet, you´ll witness the awe-inspiring and surprisingly interconnected tale of global exploration. An award-winning history professor from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, revolutionizes how you view the world as he introduces you to some of the greatest and most influential explorers ever known-successful as well as unsuccessful, admirable as well as flawed. You´ll be spellbound as you learn of the treacherous, at times fatal, expeditions into the unknown these adventurers embarked upon, whether to the frozen Poles, Asia, Europe, the Americas, Africa, the ocean´s depths, or the final frontier of space. Through it all, you consider what drove these intrepid individuals, from proselytizing and pilgrimage to the lure of wealth, conquest, fame, and new lands, as evidenced by the Vikings´ arrival in North America; Marco Polo´s journey along the Silk Road to China; Christopher Columbus´ ´´Enterprise of the Indies´´; the conquistadors´ ravages in Latin America; and the tiny kingdom of Portugal´s triumphant circumnavigation of Africa to seize control of trade in the Indian Ocean. In every lesson, you´ll follow these fascinating figures - including several remarkable women - as they venture into uncharted territory and put themselves, and often their crews, in dire peril. With Professor Liulevicius´ uniquely global approach, you also get a meaningful portrait of the travels of non-Westerners, as well as the perspectives of discovered people. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library se 1. Language: English. Narrator: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/000397/bk_tcco_000397_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.