The Island of California: A History of the Myth

The Island of California A History of the Myth To early explorers and geographers California represented a terrestrial paradise It was Atlantis Arcadia Avalon El Dorado the Garden of Eden the Land of Milk and Honey the Pleasure Dome of Kubla

  • Title: The Island of California: A History of the Myth
  • Author: Dora Beale Polk
  • ISBN: 9780803287419
  • Page: 457
  • Format: Paperback
  • To early explorers and geographers California represented a terrestrial paradise It was Atlantis, Arcadia, Avalon, El Dorado, the Garden of Eden, the Land of Milk and Honey, the Pleasure Dome of Kublai Khan It was always a magnet for dreamers In this fascinating book Dora Beale Polk examines the dreams and myths that influenced the discovery and exploration of CaliforniTo early explorers and geographers California represented a terrestrial paradise It was Atlantis, Arcadia, Avalon, El Dorado, the Garden of Eden, the Land of Milk and Honey, the Pleasure Dome of Kublai Khan It was always a magnet for dreamers In this fascinating book Dora Beale Polk examines the dreams and myths that influenced the discovery and exploration of California Throughout, Polk treats the long held concept of California as an island, going back to medieval lore that filled an unknown ocean with rich, mysterious ideal islands Columbus carried the lore to the New World, expecting to find islands teeming with gold, pearls, fabulous creatures, and women Cort s was led by the romance of the islands Balboa, Cabrillo, Drake, Ascensi n, Kino, and many others entered into the making of the island myth The discoveries and explorations of all the major figures are traced and their reports analyzed as they relate to California s geography and to the dreams overlaying it.

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