Travelers’ Difficulties in the Atlantic Ocean

Write about at least three difficulties encountered by travelers in the Atlantic Ocean during the early Atlantic World era.

In your answer, use the individual accounts of travelers and sailors published on the website of The National Museum of American History:

  • Van Valen’s Gold Rush Journey (an authentic journal of Alex Van Valen);
  • Maritime Voices: Merchant Mariners and Shipyard Workers Remember WWII (oral history recordings of the stories of the men and women who built and sailed on Liberty ships);
  • Life at Sea—1680 to 1806 (firsthand accounts of an African slave, an American woman, naval officers, and sailors).