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The Discoverie of the Large, Rich, and Bewtiful Empyre of Guiana

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Sir Walter Ralegh's narrative of his expedition to South America is a fundamental source for the historical anthropology of the Americas. Yet readers must question how Ralegh, the quintessential Elizabethan, garnered his information, and how we should interpret it. In this new edition based on the first printing of the Discoverie in 1596, anthropologist Neil L. Whitehead a ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by University of Oklahoma Press (first published 1970)
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Natalie Monroe
It's a mark by how bored I was while reading it that I only have the vaguest idea of what happened in this discourse(Note: it's not a story, there's no plot. Just endless 'I did this. Then I did that'.

It surpasses Master F.J in its dullness. Congratulations.

Nick Mould
Some interesting history; Raleigh is considerably more tolerant towards the indigenous people of the Americas than the Spanish colonialists were (who he slags off throughout), but otherwise a dull and meandering read. I should also point out that I read a version of this with no annotations so putting it into context, and knowing how verifiable the account is, was difficult.
The book can be considered as a manifestation of failure of England's imperial project. Raleigh, as an English Courtier, is never able to discover Guiana, but rather lives with its dream.
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Sir Walter Raleigh or Ralegh (c. 1552 – 29 October 1618), was a famed English writer, poet, soldier, courtier, and explorer.

Raleigh was born to a Protestant family in Devon, the son of Walter Raleigh and Catherine Champernowne. Little is known for certain of his early life, though he spent some time in Ireland, in Killua Castle, Clonmellon, County Westmeath, taking part in the suppression of rebel
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