The Northmen, Columbus and Cabot, 985-1503: The Voyages of the Northmen

The Northmen, Columbus and Cabot, 985-1503: The Voyages of the Northmen

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The Northmen, Columbus and Cabot, 985-1503: The Voyages of the Northmen

The Northmen, Columbus and Cabot, 985-1503: The Voyages of the Northmen

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At its annual meeting in December, 1902, the American Historical Association approved and adopted the plan of the present series, and the undersigned was chosen as its general editor. The purpose of the series was to provide individual readers of history, and the libraries of schools and colleges, with a comprehensive and well-rounded collection of those classical narratives on which the early history of the United States is founded, or of those narratives which, if not precisely classical, hold the most important place as sources of American history anterior to 1700. The reasons for undertaking such a project are for the most part obvious. No modern history, however excellent, can give the reader all that he can get from the ipsissima verba of the first narrators, Argonauts or eyewitnesses, vivacious explorers or captains courageous. There are many cases in which secondary narrators have quite hidden from view these first authorities, whom it is therefore a duty to restore to their rightful position. In a still greater number of instances, the primitive narrations have become so scarce and expensive that no ordinary library can hope to possess anything like a complete set of the classics of early American history.

The series is to consist of such volumes as will illustrate the early history of all the chief parts of the country, with an additional volume of general index. The plan contemplates, not a body of extracts, but in general the publication or republication of whole works or distinct parts of works. In the ease of narratives originally issued in some other language than English, the best available translations will be used, or fresh versions made. In a few instances, important narratives . . .

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