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Hakluyt's PromiseAn Elizabethan's Obsession for an English America$
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Peter C. Mancall

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780300110548

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300110548.001.0001

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Paris, 1583 The Devouring Sea

Paris, 1583 The Devouring Sea

(p.102) Chapter 6 Paris, 1583 The Devouring Sea
Hakluyt's Promise

Peter C. Mancall

Yale University Press

This chapter describes Hakluyt's journey from London to Paris with companion Sir Edward Stafford. Hakluyt and his supporters knew that Paris had become a meeting place for Europeans who had an interest in the Americas. Thus, Sir Francis Walsingham, a favorite of the queen who had commended Hakluyt in March 1583 for his efforts to spread knowledge that facilitated “the discovery of the Westerne partes yet unknown,” believed that the young geographer needed to spend time in France. Elizabeth herself supported his mission; in December she urged officials at Christ Church to grant him a leave of absence and to approve that leave retroactive to August, the month he had made his plans for France. Walsingham, too, offered assistance, which no doubt reassured Hakluyt, who had complained that the journey to Paris could have damaged his “poor estate.”

Keywords:   Paris, Sir Edward Stafford, Sir Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth, Christ Church

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