Students sail the high seas with lesser-known ancient seafarers as well as more famous explorers looking for an all-water route to Asia. Beginning in the mid-1400s and closing at the end of the 17th century, this story of the Age of Exploration & Discovery is a tale of European nations racing to dominate world trade and foreign markets. It is a narrative that sustains curiosity with interesting anecdotes and exciting details of the life and times - from the fear of mythical sea monsters to the fears of family left at home. Historic illustrations help describe everyday life and conditions during the Age of Exploration and Discovery. Challenging puzzles and interesting activities that use skills from a variety of subject areas draw students into the spirit of the times.