Richard Hakluyt, 1552-1616, was a geographer, clergyman, translator, collector and editor of adventure narratives, and advocate for the westward expansion of English power. He edited, translated, and inspired many volumes of first-hand narratives of adventure and discovery, the most notable of which are his

Divers Voyages


Principal Navigations, Voyages, and Discoveries of the English Nation

(1589), and its second edition, much enlarged,

The Principal Navigations, Voiages, Traffiques and Discoueries of the English Nation

(in three volumes, 1598, 1599, 1600).

The pool of documents available to the biographer of Hakluyt might be described as broad and shallow. His public and professional life is well documented, but little beyond that survives. He was born in 1552 to a London

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Citation: McHenry, Patrick. "Richard Hakluyt". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 November 2004 [, accessed 30 May 2024.]

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