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The Discovery of Guiana: With Related Documents

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Sir Walter Ralegh's The Discovery of Guiana is a masterpiece of early travel literature that brings together important themes of Renaissance exploration, the European encounter with the New World, and the culture and politics of early modern Europe. Part travel journal, part geography primer, part political tract, Ralegh's account offers insight into a time of worldwide tr ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 7th 2007 by Bedford/St. Martin's (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.

Brian Shipps
The journey of Sir Walter Raleigh into South America, all for the glory of England
"Guiana is a country that hath yet her maidenhead, never sacked, turned, nor wrought; the face of the earth hath not been torn... The graves have not been opened for gold, the mines not broken with sledges, nor their images pulled down out of their temples."

Don't worry folks, Sir Walt is here to correct that horrible situation. Luckily he failed, unluckily there's nothing of interest in this short account of his failure. I was hoping at least for some craziness like in The Travels of Sir John M
Great original source material. Very interesting and well written account of Raleigh's experience with nature.
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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