Voyages and Discoveries (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 28 Oct 1982
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Edited, abridged and introduced by Jack Beeching
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Hakluyt begins with some early medieval accounts, possibly in an attempt to prove the pedigree of English exploration. There are a few of these before we get to accounts of 16th century travellers voyaging from England to Russia, the Moluccas (Maluku), Brazil, California (possibly), Pegu (in Burma), and many other places in between. Francis Drake is here, of course, as is Cavendish. Frobisher's voyages to discover a northwest passage are here. But there are other, less famous, adventures.Read more ›
But enough of him, back to the book, this is an edited version of the real thing by Jack Beeching and at over 400 tightly printed pages it packs many a punch. What makes it so interesting is that all of the many stories in the book are firsthand accounts of the travails of the participants. Hakluyt went out of his way to track them down or get written testimony and also tried to elicit as much information as possible on customs, geography and ease of travel so that the next time any one went there it would be a tad easier. England was playing catch up on the International trade front and so needed all the help it could get.
The tales often feature people from history who you will be aware of like Sir Francis Drake and Thomas Cavendish, but the breadth is amazing from Cathay to South America. There are tales of shipwreck, slavery, religious persecution, and a `request to be advised in the killing of the whale', so not one for animal lovers this.Read more ›
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