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For centuries, Japan had isolated itself from the outside world by refusing to trade with other countries and even refusing to help shipwrecked sailors, foreign or Japanese. The country’s people still lived under a feudal system like that of Europe in the Middle Ages. But everything began to change when American Commodore Perry and his troops sailed to the Land of the Rising Sun, bringing with them new science and technology, and a new way of life.
Did you know that an African-American man participated in Lewis and Clark’s famous expedition? Working alongside free men, Clark’s slave York played an important role in the journey’s success.
This award-winning book draws on extensive research to give a gripping and insightful account of York’s significant contribution to this landmark historical event.
A lively, gritty account of Lewis and Clark’s incredible journey west across uncharted North America — a two-and-a-half year odyssey filled with danger, disappointment, and discovery.
Influenced both by the Gold Rush and the Civil War, America came to realize that a link to the far West was vital. In the mid-1800s, the Union Pacific railroad company, along with their rival, the Central Pacific company, raced to cover the most ground before meeting at Promontory Summit, Utah in 1869. Blumberg vividly evokes the people, places, danger and perserverance surrounding an American milestone. Illustrations.
Describes the emigration of people from the East Coast of the United States and from foreign countries to California to pursue the dream of discovering gold.
An account of the historic adventures and achievements of the great British explorer and discoverer of Australia, Hawaii, and other Pacific Ocean lands and peoples.
This entertaining saga brings to life the intense negotiations between Napoleon and Jefferson over this legendary land deal. Art from the period, maps, a timeline, endnotes, a bibliography, and index give young readers all the resources they need to understand the period in which the Purchase took place.