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Richard Hakluyt

Richard Hakluyt, 1552?-1616, English geographer.

Though no explorer himself, Hakluyt was enormously influential in promoting the exploration of the New World. He was the first lecturer on geography and cosmography at Christ Church, Oxford, where he introduced the use of globes in English schools. His most important work was in promoting English exploration and colonization. In 1582 he published Divers Voyages touching the Discovery of America; he followed it with Principal Naviations, Voyages, and Discoveries of the English Nation (1598-1600). The Hakluyt Society was founded in 1846 to further the goals of exploration.