Voyages And Discoveries: Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques & Discoveries Ofthe English Nat by Richard HakluytVoyages And Discoveries: Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques & Discoveries Ofthe English Nat by Richard Hakluyt

Voyages And Discoveries: Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques & Discoveries Ofthe English Nat

byRichard HakluytIntroduction byJack BeechingEditorJack Beeching

Paperback | July 30, 1972

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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.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Edited, abridged and introduced by Jack Beeching
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Title:Voyages And Discoveries: Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques & Discoveries Ofthe English NatFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 7.8 × 5.2 × 0.9 inPublished:July 30, 1972Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140430733

ISBN - 13:9780140430738

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Latecomers to the world of Renaissance commerce, the English were compelled to open far-flung and dangerous trade routes to compete with their continental neighbours. Richard Hakluyt, diplomat, scholar and casual spy sailed the leaking ships, enduring the same bad food and deprivations as the common sailor. During his journeys he complied a wealth of information on lands and cultures to be used as a guide for subsequent travellers. The most illuminating information has been compiled into this Penguin Classic. Voyages and Discoveries describes not only a treasure of anecdotes of this vibrant age but it is also as an unparalleled, primary example of 16th century prose.