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||"The sands and flats are discovered" -- Across the Pacific. Sunda and Sahul ; "Butterfly wings scattered over the water" ; A pattern of islands -- Poseidon's waters. A world of ceaseless movement ; Timber and mekku-stones -- The monsoon world. The Erythraean Sea ; "A place of great traffic" ; "We spread our cloudlike sails aloft" -- Turbulent waters in the North. Seascapes of ancestors ; "Storms fell on the stern in icy feathers" -- The Pacific to the West. The Aleutians : "The sea becomes very high" ; Raven releases the fish ; The fiery pool and the spiny oyster -- Of fish and portolans.
||Looks at the early development of navigation, examining how ancient humans discovered the secrets of wind, tides, and stars that allowed them to make long voyages that profoundly changed human civilization.
|Bibliography note||Includes bibliographical references and index.|