Voyages and Discoveries

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Penguin Books Limited, 1972 - Biography & Autobiography - 443 pages
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Renaissance diplomat and part-time spy, William Hakluyt was also England's first serious geographer, gathering together a wealth of accounts about the wide-ranging travels and discoveries of the sixteenth-century English. One of the epics of this great period of expansion, The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation describes, in the words of the explorers themselves, an astonishing era in which the English grew rapidly aware of the sheer size and strangeness of their world. Mingling accounts of the journeys of renowned adventurers such as Drake and Frobisher with descriptions by other explorers and traders to reveal a nation beginning to dominate the seas, Hakluyt's great work was originally intended principally to assist navigation and trade. It also presents one of the first and greatest modern portraits of the globe.

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Review: Voyages & Discoveries: Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques & Discoveries of the English Nation

User Review  - Margareth8537 - Goodreads

Fascinating but hard going when you normally read fiction, or modern history. Sounds snobbish and isn't meant to be, but this was written at a time when only the well educated would read or be able to ... Read full review

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User Review  - dwhill - LibraryThing

I own a complete edition published in the early 1900s. This is absolutely invaluable for anyone interested in the voyages of discovery. Read full review

About the author (1972)

Edited, abridged and introduced by Jack Beeching

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