CULTURAL READINGS: Colonization & Print in the Americas
Jean and Jay I. Kislak Collection
|Richard Hakluyt, |
The Principall Navigations, Voiages and Discoveries of the English Nation...
London: George Bishop and Ralph Newberie, 1589.
| A scholar and geographer, Richard Hakluyt undertook to compile extant narratives in
The Principall Navigations and make them available for an English-speaking audience. In his
effort to create a tradition of British colonialism in America to uphold, he purported that one "Madoc the sonne of
Owen Gwyneth Prince of North-wales" had "discovered" America in 1170. This massive compilation of voyage
narratives was both a dense homage to English genius and a gallery of examples, both English and foreign, that
would move the English to redouble their quest for empire.
Hakluyt was also the translator of Virginia Richly Valued.
Promotion and Possession
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