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Battleships by Anthony Preston

Sir Walter Raleghs narrative of his expedition to South America is a fundamental source for the historical anthropology of the Americas. Yet readers must question how Ralegh, the quintessential Elizabethan, garnered his information, & how we should interpret it. In this new edition based on the first printing of The Discoverie in 1596, anthropologist Neil L. Whitehead addresses problems at the heart of current anthropological & literary criticism, & he challenges existing evaluations both of Ralegh & of early travel accounts generally. Whitehead has traveled where Ralegh led his expedition along the Orinoco in quest of an indigenous empire in the highlands of Guiana. He draws on his own observations of the region as well as the available sources, including valuable Spanish & Venezuelan texts, to illuminate Raleghs military engagements with the Spaniards, diplomacy with native kings, enigmatic encounters with monsters, & the search for gold (which continues today). Four centuries after its first publication, & seventy years after its last critical edition, Raleghs Discoverie of Guiana is here made available to a new readership in a scholarly yet accessible form. Neil Whiteheads richly detailed introduction & superb notes serve to redeem the ethnographic significance of the Discoverie while setting a new standard for critical editions of travel texts.--PETER HULME, Professor in Literature, University of Essex. VOLUME 77 IN THE AMERICAN EXPLORATION & TRAVEL SERIES. As a courtier, navigator, historian, & poet, SIR WALTER RALEGH always demanded complex judgements & intellectual risks. Those needs are met in this edition by a scholar of international repute, NEIL L. WHITEHEAD, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Author: Anthony Preston

Language: English

Edition: Revised

Binding: Hardcover

Publisher: Gallery Books

Publication Date: 1990-03-01

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