A Long and Strange Voyage

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Do you ever wonder what happened in North America between Columbus's sail in 1492 and the arrival of the Pilgrims in 1620? Tony Horwitz answers that question through the stories of the brave and often crazed explorers who roamed the New World in A Voyage Long and Strange: On the Trail of Vikings, Conquistadors, Lost Colonists, and Other Adventurers in Early America.

Event: Tony Horwitz will be reading
Wednesday, May 20, at 6:30 pm
The Lower East Side Tenement Museum
108 Orchard Street, just below Delancey


Tony Horwitz

Comments [10]

mary from brooklyn

Actually, the Viking longboat was not primitive at all (as the author stated), but a highly sophisticated ship design that was adaptable to both the ocean and shallow waters.

May. 20 2009 01:57 PM
James from Brooklyn

What do you make of the Piri Reis map? Fraud?

May. 20 2009 01:23 PM
Jaime from Queens

Did the early contact and disease brought by Fisherman lay the foundation for Pilgrim development? History shows of finding entire indian villages deserted. Was there not more people in America then Europe at the time?

May. 20 2009 01:18 PM

How can Horwitz say Pocahontas was 10??

There's no real evidence of that (best guess--between 10 and 12 in May, 1607, when settlers first arrived). Smith was around until 1609, 2 years later, so, outside, she could have been about 14 by the time he left.

The niceties of age/sex weren't as rigidly observed in that time and place as Horwitz, shockingly, assumes.

True, there's no _evidence_ they had an affair, but it's very clear they were close.

You can't dismiss the possibility of a love affair out of hand as Horwitz does.

May. 20 2009 01:17 PM
JP from The Garden State

What about the people in the Canary Islands, seamen sailing over here before Europe? Or the Coco leaves (only found in the Americas) found in some Egyptian tombs?

May. 20 2009 01:16 PM
Jaime from Queens

I know its prior to the period of your book but is there any evidence of the Roan Empire being here first

May. 20 2009 01:15 PM
Diana from NYC

I just heard Leonard asking if US people are that ignorant, regarding Columbus and the Pilgrims.
I think this mixing of events stems from ignorance, right, and it is furthered by what I (with Eduardo Galeano and many more) consider a misnomer: America standing for The United States of America and Americans, for its inhabitants.
America refers to a whole continent, American, to Colombians, Mexicans, Argentinians, USonians..., right?
When did this misappropriation of the term came about?

May. 20 2009 01:14 PM
ted from manhattan

the rock was larger. the cage was erected to keep people from chipping away at it for a piece to take home.


May. 20 2009 01:08 PM
gianni lovato from Huntington

An important correction: I gave the wrong title for the Exibitions now running at the Museum of the City of New York.
There are actually three concurring shows taking place, all related to the voyages and explorations of Henry Hudson and other explorers of the 17th Century.

May. 20 2009 12:52 PM
gianni lovato from Huntington

Will you mention the Exibition "Amsterdam/New Amsterdam: the Worlds of Henry Hudson", currently at the Museum of the City of New York?
It is a thoroughly fascinating collection that deserves much more attention that it has been accorded in the general press. A gem of a gift for any born or adopted New Yorker.

May. 20 2009 12:44 PM

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