I offer this book of "Wanderings" with a hesitating hand. It has little merit, and must make its way through the world as well as it can. It will receive many a jostle as it goes along, and perhaps is destined to add one more to the number of slain in the field of modern criticism. But if it fall, it may still, in death, be useful to me; for should some accidental rover take it up and, in turning over its pages, imbibe the idea of going out to explore Guiana in order to give the world an...
THIS SIXTEENTH-CENTURY odyssey of Cabeza de Vaca's is one of the great true epics of history. It is the
semi-official report to the king of Spain by the ranking surviving officer of a royal expedition to conquer
Florida which fantastically miscarried.
Four out of a land-force of 300 men--by wits, stamina and luck--found their way back to civilization after
eight harrowing years and roughly 6,000 miles over mostly unknown reaches of North America.
Sir Walter Raleigh may be taken as the great typical figure of the age of Elizabeth. Courtier and statesman,
soldier and sailor, scientist and man of letters, he engaged in almost all the main lines of public activity in his
time, and was distinguished in them all.
His father was a Devonshire gentleman of property, connected with many of the distinguished families of the
south of England. Walter was born about 1552 and was educated at Oxford.
It is not without hesitation that I have taken upon myself the editorship of a work left avowedly imperfect by
the author, and, from its miscellaneous and discursive character, difficult of completion with due regard to
editorial limitations by a less able hand.
Had the author lived to carry out his purpose he would have looked through his Budget again, amplifying and
probably rearranging some of its contents.