This book is a collection of writings of early English speaking pioneers and explorers in North America. Articles were taken from old books or internet copies of old books. When possible articles were reproduced from facsimile copies of the original printings. They are presented in chronological order, oldest first. The oldest being originally published in 1588, the newest in 1885.The authors wrote the articles in English. With the exception of Audubon, all were native born English speakers. Of course, there were many pioneers and explorers that didn't write or speak English. However, articles written in other languages are not included, because the book's audience is English speaking and the goal of the book is to provide articles in the words of the authors, not in the words of translators. I have also not included writings that have been extensively edited, corrected, or rewritten.The English of the oldest articles was different from our present English. The older English used shapes for letters that we no longer use. For example Hariot, Bradford and Penn used long s's. These long s's look disconcertingly similar to our present day f's. Here, these have been converted to present day s's. It makes reading much easier. Most old spellings, misspellings, and grammar have been left as they were. Although it is harder to read the older English, reading it will give a better taste of the authors' original thoughts. Also, the reader might enjoy learning to speak and write as was done years ago.Tubbs, Stephen P. is the author of 'Pioneers and Explorers in North America, Their Own Words' with ISBN 9780965944656 and ISBN 0965944654.