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Samuel Purchas

(1577—1626) geographical editor and compiler and Church of England clergyman

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Francis Drake

Francis Drake  

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(1540–1595),English seaman and circumnavigator. Drake was born in Tavistock, in Devon, England, probably in February or March 1540. He was the son of Edmund Drake, a shearer turned priest. ...
‘Kubla Khan

‘Kubla Khan  

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A Vision in a Dream’ A poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, published 1816. In 1797, while living near the Wordsworths in Somerset, Coleridge took opium and fell asleep when reading ...
Ludovico di Varthema

Ludovico di Varthema  

(c. 1470–c. 1517),medieval Italian traveler in Arabia. What little we know about Ludovico di Varthema comes from his Itinerario, the Italian account of his travels around southern Asia and ...
Richard Hakluyt

Richard Hakluyt  

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(c. 1552–1616),English geographer and historian. He compiled Principal Navigations, Voyages, and Discoveries of the English Nation (1598), a collection of accounts of great voyages of discovery which ...
Thomas Coryate

Thomas Coryate  

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(?1577–1617),travelled in 1608 through France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and Holland, mainly on foot. His fame as a traveller was legendary in his lifetime. His Coryats Crudities (1611) is a long ...

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