Around the World in a Hundred Years: From Henry the Navigator to Magellan [SCM]

by Jean Fritz Author

Examines the great wave of European exploration during the fifteenth century which resulted in more accurate maps.

Additional Details

Resource Type
Print Status
In Print
Suggested Grades
1st - 12th
Historical Setting
1400 - 1522
G. P. Putnam's Sons


  • 1 Before the Explorers
  • 2 Prince Henry the Navigator
  • 3 Bartholomew Diaz
  • 4 Christopher Columbus
  • 5 Vasco da Gama
  • 6 Pedro Alvares Cabral
  • 7 John Cabot
  • 8 Amerigo Vespucci
  • 9 Juan Ponce de Leon
  • 10 Vasco Nunez de Balboa
  • 11 Ferdinand Magellan
  • 12 After Magellan

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A Commendation and a Caution

Reviewed by Parent/Teacher

I enjoy Jean Fritz and use her books a lot. Her "Around the World in a Hundred Years" book is great for studying explorers and geography.

However, you need to know that she does not approach things from a pro-Christian perspective. She tries to be "neutral," and thus, ends up presenting some interesting tidbits for discussion. For example, here are just a couple of sentences from the first chapter of "Around the World in a Hundred Years": "Then suddenly all this wondering and figuring [about the earth's shape and world maps and such] stopped. Christianity was a new religion, fighting for survival, and in A.D. 391 Christians burned the city of Alexandria and its famous libraries, which contained, along with many ancient treasures of scholarship, the work of Ptolemy. Christians did not believe in scholarship. They thought it was sacrilegious to be curious. Anything people wanted to know, they said, could be found in the Bible."

Now, the thing is, unfortunately, many Christians did hold that view; however, Fritz lumps them all together into one generalized statement. Not all of her books bring up the topic of Christianity, but when she does, it is not usually complimentary. She has a wonderful style of writing, and I do recommend her books. Use them, by all means; enjoy them. But I wanted you all to be aware of her "bent," especially those of you with young children.

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