First page of Hakluyt's Navigations
Public DomainFirst page of Hakluyt's Navigations - Credit: Richard Hakluyt


Named after the English writer Richard Hakluyt, who supported the settlement of North America with a vast body of published works, the Hakluyt Society was set up in 1846 to advance the knowledge of exploration by printing rare and unpublished accounts of voyages.

Chatwin also mentions Purchas. Samuel Purchas was a contemporary of Hakluyt and wrote on a series of pilgrimages in the seventeenth century.