Richard Hakluyt was an English writer and geographer who lived from 1552 to 1616. He is best known for his works on exploration and travel narratives, particularly those related to the British Empire. Hakluyt’s writings were influential in promoting and encouraging English colonization and expansion during the Elizabethan era.

His works, such as “The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation,” showcased the potential wealth and resources of the New World, inspiring many future explorers and adventurers. Hakluyt’s literary style was informative and descriptive, focusing on documenting the experiences and discoveries of various explorers. His works covered a wide range of subjects, including geography, ethnography, and natural history.

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  • 1965: Hakluyt’s Voyages, by Richard Hakluyt, ed. by Irwin R. Blacker

    Hakluyt’s Voyages is a comprehensive collection of accounts of English voyages, travels, and discoveries made by sea or overland to the farthest corners of the world within the 1600 years preceding its publication. The book is edited by Irwin R. Blacker and features an introduction that provides readers with context on the life and work of Richard Hakluyt, a preacher and former student of Christ-Church in Oxford. The book is published by The Viking Press and spans 522 pages, with a brown cloth hardcover adorned with gilt ornamentation and lettering on the cover and spine.

    The collection of accounts in the book provides readers with a glimpse into the history of English exploration, trade, and colonization, and offers insights into the motivations and experiences of the individuals who undertook these journeys. Hakluyt’s Voyages is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the history of exploration and travel.