Making Waves: The Continuing Portuguese Adventure

Mary Soderstrom

The world is the way it is today because 600 years ago Portugal, a small nation on the edge of Europe, sent its sailors off in search of spices, souls and slaves. In Making Waves: The Portuguese Adventure Mary Soderstrom takes us to places touched by the Portuguese- from India to Brazil, from Newfoundland to San Diego-telling a tale of adventure and triumph, occasionally mixed with a measure of sadness. Portugal's influence resonates in the 21st century far beyond the 11 million people who speak Portuguese in the mother country, or the other 220 million who speak the language around the world.

The Portuguese-taught the rest of Europe, including Christopher Columbus, how to ride the winds of the high seas; reached the riches of the East decades before their rivals the Spanish; spread their language and culture around the world by making love, not war; traded in slaves but in 1761 were the first Europeans to outlaw slavery at home; pioneered city planning-the rebuilding of Lisbon after the Great Earthquake of 1755 was a visionary rethinking of a city not equaled until Haussmann redesigned Paris a century later; invented standardized building methods using pre-cut wood 75 years before the first balloon frame building in Chicago; and showed how to throw out a dictatorship peacefully and change society profoundly in the Carnation Revolution of 1974.

Social Science 2010


"A dazzling wide-ranging collection that effortlessly mixes erudition with pop tabloid culture." —Montreal Gazette

Mary Soderstrom's Green City: People, Nature & Urban Places was selected as one of the Globe & Mail's 100 Best Books of 2007. She is the author of Recreating Eden: A Natural History of Botanical Gardens [Véhicule, 2001]. In fall 2008, Cormorant will be publishing her novel, The Violets of Usambara. Her articles have been published in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Plant and Garden, and the Globe & Mail. She lives in Montreal and is Quill & Quire's Quebec correspondent.

Other books by Mary Soderstrom:
The Walkable City: From Haussmann’s Boulevards to Jane Jacobs’ Streets and Beyond
Recreating Eden: A Natural History of Botanical Gardens
Green City: People, Nature and Urban Life
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ISBN13: 9781550652925

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