Suggested Reading: Pacific Passions – Frank Sherry

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Suggested Reading: Pacific Passions – Frank Sherry

If you love Latin America, love history, and if you love adventure and the era of discovery then you will love the book – Pacific Passions, by Frank Sherry

With a subtitle of “The European struggle for power in the great ocean in the age of exploration”, Sherry reviews Latin America with regards to its prominent role in this amazing history of the opening of Pacific region and the long search for the great Southern Continent.

Balboa claiming the Pacific
Balboa claiming the Pacific

The Pacific Ocean covers one third of the planet, but until 1513 none of the powerful European empires even knew it existed. The book recounts the Balboa story as the first European’s sighting of the Mar de Sur (Southern sea). Sherry covers Magellan’s search and discovery of a strait connecting to the west side of the Americas, to the body of water he named Mar Pacifico – Pacific Ocean. He goes onto to discuss the many other Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, French and English explorers who dreamed of exploits in the great ocean and the New World. The book is a great insight into humankind’s desire to discover and explore.