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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

If one listens closely enough, one can hear one’s arteries hardening…

…  but what a way to go.  From the “Cheese and Burger Society” (a front for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board), thirty champion cheeseburgers.  For instance, #21:

Meet the others– lusciously portrayed, with recipes and further facts on the fromage– at CheeseAndBurger.com.

As we wipe our fingers on whatever is handy, we might recall that it was on this date in 1590– the third birthday of Virginia Dare, the first child born in Roanoke Colony, thus the first England child born in the New World– Gov. John White returned to Roanoke to find all 177 members of the community vanished.  “The Lost Colony,” as it became known, is believed to have attempted to migrate to Croatoan Island (near Cape Hatteras), and to have been absorbed into the Croatan tribe there.

…one of the chiefe trees or postes at the right side of the entrance had the barke taken off, and 5. foote from the ground in fayre Capitall letters was grauen CROATOAN without any crosse or signe of distresse

-Richard Hakluyt, from his description of the deserted settlement at Roanoke Island, August 18, 1590;  Principal Navigations, Voyages of the English Nation, Vol. III, 1600

White at the tree

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August 18, 2009 at 12:01 am

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