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The Earliest Voyages Round the World, 1519–1617

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    IN the century, 1519–1617, covered by this travel-book there were six voyages round the world—one Spanish, led by a Portuguese, Magellan; two English, led by Drake and Cavendish; and three Dutch, led by Van Noort, Speilbergen, and Le Maire and Schouten. Mr. Alexander includes in this volume Pigafetta's account of the Magellan expedition; Francis Pretty's narratives of Drake's piratical voyage, and of Cavendish's first voyage; and an account of Le Maire and Schouten's discovery of the route round Cape Horn. There are numerous illustrations, including a sixteenth-century map of Drake's voyage corrected by the great navigator; a dozen pages of useful notes; a brief introduction to the narratives; and a table of important dates in the history of discovery. As a contemporary source book, which maintains the atmosphere of the great days of the early voyages, this compilation will prove extremely useful and stimulating.

    The Earliest Voyages Round the World, 1519—1617.

    Edited by P. F. Alexander. Pp. xxiii + 216. (Cambridge: At the University Press, 1916.) Price 3s. net.

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