From the sponsorship of early explorers by rival European powers to the creation of a new world empire in the Americas, Historical Atlas of Exploration chronicles what is still seen as the biggest land grab in history. Developed in association with the National Maritime Museum, the book shows how humankind's thirst for knowledge & increasing ability to act on ambition created an age of adventure & discovery across uncharted territories. Organized chronologically, the book's comprehensive coverage includes: . Biographies of the famous navigators of the day, the voyages they undertook, & the ships they sailed . More than 140 carefully chosen illustrations that capture the spirit of each period . Detailed full-color maps that chart the gradual discovery of new lands & make it easy for readers to follow each explorer's travels across the globe . A continuous timeline of dates & events. The explorers & topics covered include: . Africa in the 15th century & the landings of Goncalo Cabral & Bartolomeu Dias . Navigation in the 16th century . Christopher Columbus, the Pinzon brothers, & Panfilo de Narvaez . Vasco de Gama, Pedro Cabral, & sea routes to the Indies . John Cabot, Juan Ponce de Leon, Giovanni da Verrazzano, & the exploration of North America.Konstam, Angus is the author of 'Historical Atlas of Exploration 1492-1600' with ISBN 9780816042487 and ISBN 0816042489.