By Gerrit de Veer

The courses of the Hakluyt Society (founded in 1846) made on hand edited (and occasionally translated) early money owed of exploration. the 1st sequence, which ran from 1847 to 1899, includes a hundred books containing released or formerly unpublished works via authors from Christopher Columbus to Sir Francis Drake, and overlaying voyages to the recent international, to China and Japan, to Russia and to Africa and India. This booklet includes 3 bills of Dutch voyages looking for a north-eastern passage to China, undertaken within the 1590s. (When this Hakluyt version was once released in 1853, carrying on with anxiousness concerning the destiny of Sir John Franklin's excursion made any debts of Arctic exploration tremendous topical.) The Dutch weren't profitable in developing a north-east passage; however the tales of the expeditions and of the braveness and persistence of the lads who took half in them make for attention-grabbing studying.

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Pp. 232-235. INTRODUCTION, 1612, would surely not have named him as an immediate cause of an undertaking which was not projected till 1593. It is not, however, to be imagined that the Netherlanders—we can scarcely speak of the " Dutch" at the earliest period to which we are now adverting—had no previous connexion with the northern coasts of Russia, though it is true that that connexion was then but of recent date. For, as is stated by Edge, the English Russia Company having "made their first discoverie in the yeere 1553, there was neuer heard of any Netherlander that frequented those seas vntill the yeere 1578.

The next writer to be mentioned is Johann Eeinhold Forster, who, in his Voyages and Discoveries in the North? " The absurdity of Forster's derivation of the name 1 Engl. , p. 415. INTRODUCTION. xlix Kostin Shar is manifest from the explanation of it given in page 30 (note 4) of the present work. And as to the allegation that " the name Oliver Bennel is entirely English," it could only have been made by a foreigner. On the contrary, it may be asserted that such a name as " Bennel" is altogether un-English; and were it not for the cosmopolitan character of our English surnames, it might—had it really been that of the individual in question—in itself be fairly taken as evidence that he was not an Englishman.

It is to be regretted that he did not refer to the original Dutch authority cited by Purchas. The last modern writer who treats of Oliver Brunei is Dr. Hamel, who, assuming him to be the Alferius of Balak, makes him in his work already cited1 the subject of an hypothetical biographical memoir, beginning with the words " Ich finde es wahrscheinlich," but without seeming to be aware of what Gerard says respecting his hero, except so far only as it is repeated by Witsen. By this writer therefore no additional light is thrown on the subject now under consideration; and, in fact, it is to the original authority, after all, that we must revert for the only information that is really available and useful.

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