By Jason Roberts
He was once recognized easily because the Blind traveller -- a solitary, sightless adventurer who, astonishingly, fought the slave exchange in Africa, survived a frozen captivity in Siberia, hunted rogue elephants in Ceylon, and helped chart the Australian outback. James Holman (1786-1857) turned "one of the best wonders of the area he so sagaciously explored," winning not just over blindness yet crippling soreness, poverty, and the interference of well-meaning gurus (his maximum feat, a circumnavigation of the globe, needed to be introduced in secret). as soon as a celeb, a bestselling writer, and an notion to Charles Darwin and Sir Richard Francis Burton, the charismatic, witty Holman outlived his status, demise in an obscurity that has persisted -- till now.
A experience of the World is a spellbinding and relocating rediscovery of 1 of history's such a lot epic lives. Drawing on meticulous learn, Jason Roberts ushers us into the Blind Traveler's uniquely vibrant sensory realm, then sweeps us away on a unprecedented trip around the recognized international through the Age of Exploration. wealthy with suspense, humor, overseas intrigue, and unforgettable characters, this can be a tale to rouse our personal senses of awe and beauty.
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There they received hospitality and food from the common store. Fa Xian witnessed a major Buddhist festival, including a four-wheeled float “more than thirty cubits SUPREME BUDDHA This silk banner found in the Mogao Caves near Dunhuang depicts the Buddha (enlightened one), who lived in about 400BCE. On his travels, Fa Xian searched for sutras—works containing the Buddha’s original teachings. ” The procession took four months to complete, after which the party continued to Kashgar. INTO INDIA It took more than a month for the party to traverse what the local people described as the “snow mountains” (the Karakorums) and cross into northern India.
A Chinese envoy, lands to the north and west of the Caspian Kan Ying, who was sent to Rome in 98ce, only Sea. It was the exploits of men such as reached as far as Najaf in present-day Iraq, these that gave rise to the legendary where the Parthians persuaded him that the stories of Sinbad the Sailor. Equally journey to the Roman empire was so arduous— well traveled was the great taking up to three years—that he might just as al-Masudi (896–956), whose well return home. There are accounts of a three decades of travel from 914 Roman “embassy” to the Chinese court in encompassed the Caspian Sea, 166ce, but it was probably just a small group of India, Sri Lanka, the east coast merchants with no official backing and did not of Africa, and Egypt.
VIKING AMERICA Greenland’s Viking population only ever reached about 4,000 people and the Scandinavian colonists failed to adapt their way of life to the harsh environment. It was hardly surprising, then, that the idea of lands to the west of Greenland that were richer in resources was an enticing one. So it was that Erik’s son Leif set out in about 1001 in search of a coastline spotted a few years earlier by a mariner, Bjarni Herjolfsson. When this new Viking venture to the coastline of North America failed, after several attempts at settlement, Greenland found itself ever more isolated.
A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man Became History’s Greatest Traveler by Jason Roberts