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By Diana Preston

ISBN-10: 1849017247

ISBN-13: 9781849017244

On November 12, 1912, a rescue crew hiking throughout Antarctica's nice Ice Barrier eventually discovered what they sought - the snow-covered tent of the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott. inside of, they made a grim discovery: Scott's frozen physique lay among the our bodies of 2 fellow explorers. that they had died simply 11 miles from the depot of provides which would have kept them. Why did Scott's meticulously laid plans eventually lead to catastrophe, whereas his rival, Norwegian Roald Amundsen, lower back properly domestic together with his group after achieving the Pole in basic terms days sooner than the British crew? In a newly revised and up-to-date model of her unique publication, Diana Preston, returns to Antarctica and explores why Scott's rigorously deliberate excursion failed, finishing in tragedy.

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And, most likely, their deaths. The Leideners might have looked to their military officer, Miles Standish, and ordered him to subdue the rebels. Instead, they put pen to paper and created a document that ranks with the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution as an essential American text. But there was one more critical decision to make. They must choose a leader. The Leideners were barely a majority, but they could be counted on to vote together, guaranteeing that their leader would not be the Mayflower’s governor, Christopher Martin.

This softening of what had once been an inflexible Separatist ideal was essential to the later success of Plymouth Plantation. In this regard, the loss of the Speedwell had been a good thing. Prior to their departure from Plymouth, the Leideners had naturally stuck to their own vessel. But now, like it or not, they were all in the same boat. • • • When he later wrote about the voyage of the Mayflower, Bradford devoted only a few paragraphs to describing an ocean journey that lasted more than two months.

A Puritan believed that everything happened for a reason. Whether it was the salvation of John Howland or the death of the profane young sailor, it occurred because God had made it so. If something good happened to the 30 • PART I: DISCOVERY navigational instrument used to measure latitude. By pointing • atCross-staff: the sun and sliding the vane along the notched staff, a sailor could calculate the angles to arrive at latitude. Pilgrims, it was inevitably interpreted as a sign of God’s approval.

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