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Voyager's Tales
Richard Hakluyt

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This etext was produced by Les Bowler, St.  Ives, Dorset. 

VOYAGER'S TALES, FROM THE COLLECTIONS OF RICHARD HAKLUYT. 

INTRODUCTION. 

Richard Hakluyt, notwithstanding the Dutch look of his name, was of a
good British stock, from Wales or the Welsh borders.  At the beginning
of the fourteenth century an ancestor of his, Hugo Hakelute, sat in
Parliament as member for Leominster. 

Richard Hakluyt, born about five years before the accession of Queen
Elizabeth, was a boy at Westminster School, when visits to a cousin in
the Middle Temple, also a Richard Hakluyt, first planted in him an
enthusiasm for the study of adventure towards a wider use and knowledge
of the globe we live upon.  As a student at Christ Church, Oxford, all
his leisure was spent on the collection and reading of accounts of
voyage and adventure.  He graduated as B.  A.  in 1574, as M.  A.  in 1577,

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