Sir Humphrey Gilbert and the Elizabethan Expedition

Preparing for a Voyage

Authors: Probasco, Nathan J.

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  • Explores Sir Humphrey Gilbert's 1583 expedition to North America, a neglected area in scholarship on early modern colonization
    Examines the role of cartography, natural science, and promotional literature in Elizabethan colonization
    Illustrates the role played by prominent Elizabethans in supporting the expedition, from Richard Hakluyt to Walter Ralegh

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This book examines the 1583 voyage of Sir Humphrey Gilbert to North America. This was England's first attempt at colonization beyond the British Isles, yet it has not been subject to thorough scholarly analysis for more than 70 years. An exhaustive examination of the voyage reveals the complexity and preparedness of this and similar early modern colonizing expeditions. Prominent Elizabethans assisted Gilbert by researching and investing in his expedition: the Printing Revolution was critical to their plans, as Gilbert’s supporters traveled throughout England with promotional literature proving England’s claim to North America. Gilbert’s experts used maps and charts to publicize and navigate, while his pilots experimented with new navigating tools and practices. 
Though he failed to establish a settlement, Gilbert created a blueprint for later Stuart colonizers who achieved his vision of a British Empire in the Western Hemisphere. This book clarifies the role of cartography, natural science, and promotional literature in Elizabethan colonization and elucidates the preparation stages of early modern colonizing voyages.

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Nathan J. Probasco is an independent researcher based in Sioux City, Iowa, USA. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction: A Single Oar

    Pages 1-16

    Probasco, Nathan J.

  • A Chronicle of European Exploration: Establishing Gilbert’s Claim to North America

    Pages 17-52

    Probasco, Nathan J.

  • Diverse Texts for Diverse Audiences: The Promotional Literature of Gilbert’s Expedition

    Pages 53-102

    Probasco, Nathan J.

  • Proving Cartography’s Worth: The Maps of Gilbert’s Expedition

    Pages 103-138

    Probasco, Nathan J.

  • Experience over Theory: The Nautical Science of Gilbert’s Expedition

    Pages 139-184

    Probasco, Nathan J.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sir Humphrey Gilbert and the Elizabethan Expedition
Book Subtitle
Preparing for a Voyage
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-57258-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-57258-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-57257-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 285
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