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Hakluyt's promise : an Elizabethan's obsession for an English America / Peter C. Mancall
Bib ID 3990828
Format BookBook
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Mancall, Peter C
 
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Description New Haven : Yale University Press, c2007 
378 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm. 
ISBN 0300110545
9780300110548
Summary

"Richard Hakluyt the younger, a contemporary of William Shakespeare, advocated the creation of English colonies in the New World at a time when the advantages of this idea were far from self-evident. This book describes in detail the life and times of Hakluyt, a trained minister who became an editor of travel accounts. Hakluyt's Promise demonstrates his prominent role in the establishment of English America as well as his interests in English opportunities in the East Indies. The volume presents nearly fifty illustrations - many unpublished since the sixteenth century - and offers a fresh view of Hakluyt's milieu and the central concerns of the Elizabethan age."

"Though he never traveled farther than Paris, young Hakluyt spent much of the 1580s recording information about the western hemisphere and became an international authority on overseas exploration. The book traces his rise to prominence as a source of information and inspiration for England's policy makers, including the queen, and his advocacy for colonies in Roanoke and Jamestown. Hakluyt's thought was shaped by debates that stretched across Europe, and his interests ranged just as widely, encompassing such topics as peaceful coexistence with Native Americans, the New World as a Protestant Holy Land, and, in his later life, trade with the Spice Islands."--BOOK JACKET.

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  • London, c.1592: Woodson's tusk.
  • London, 1568: The visit.
  • Oxford, c.1571: Rumors.
  • Oxford, 1577: The ice.
  • Oxford, c.1580: Passages.
  • Paris, 1583: The devouring sea.
  • Paris and London, 1584 to 1589: Cabinets and curiosities.
  • London, 1590 to 1600: Truth and lies.
  • London, 1609: Virginia richly valued.
  • Wetheringsett and London, 1614: The Malayan dialogues.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [319]-364) and index.

Subjects Hakluyt, Richard, 1552?-1616.  |  Travel writers -- England -- Biography.  |  Clergy -- England -- Biography.  |  Discoveries in geography -- English.  |  Voyages and travels -- Early works to 1800.  |  North America -- Discovery and exploration -- English -- Early works to 1800.

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