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“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”*…


Color version of Abraham Ortelius’ Typus Orbis Terrarum, a map inserted into the first edition of Richard Hakluyt’s The Principal Navigations (1589) — Source

The Principle Navigations, Richard Hakluyt’s great championing of Elizabethan colonial exploration, remains one of the most important collections of English travel writing ever published. It recounts the escapades of famed explorers like Francis Drake and Walter Raleigh, at the same time that it preserves many stories of lesser known figures that surely would have been otherwise lost.

Nandini Das tours the book and puts it into historical and cultural context at “Richard Hakluyt and Early English Travel.”

* St. Augustine of Hippo


As we chart our courses, we might recall that it was on this date in 1937 that anthropologist Margaret Mead arrived on Samoa.  The book that resulted, Coming of Age in Samoa, was– and remains– a best-seller, and launched her career as an expert on the non-literate peoples of Oceania.


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November 9, 2016 at 1:01 am

Speaking of animals…

28 other examples of straight-talking signage at Decoded Stuff’s “30 Most Bizarre Zoo Signs.”

As we remember to keep our peanuts to ourselves, we might wish a Happy Birthday to an astute student of the human animal, anthropologist Margaret Mead; she was born on this date in 1901.  Best-known for her studies of the nonliterate peoples of Oceania, she was 23 when she first traveled to the South Pacific, to conduct research for her doctoral dissertation. The book that resulted, Coming of Age in Samoa, was– and remains– a best-seller.



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