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A Cruising Voyage Around the World

Woodes Rogers

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First to the South-seas, Thence to the East-Indies, and Homewards by the Cape of Good Hope. Begun in 1708, and Finish'd in 1711. Containing a Journal of All the Remarkable Transactions; Particularly, of the Taking of Puna and Guiaquil, of the Acapulco Ship, and Other Prizes; an Account of Alexander Selkirk's Living Alone Four Years and Four Months in an Island; and a Brief Description of Several Countries in Our Course Noted for Trade, Especially in the South-sea. With Maps of All the Coast, from the Best Spanish Manuscript Draughts. And an Introduction Relating to the South-sea Trade. (Woodes Rogers)

The story of the first privateer and his adventures; including the account of Alexander Selkirk's living alone on an island off Chile which formed the background to Robinson Crusoe.

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. . .brugh will not be permitted to go off, and there will be extravagant Reprisals made upon our Estates and Persons, which we expect you will take into your Consideration: and we cannot omit to let you know, that there is now a Spanish Bark actually in England, which is daily expected with other English Ships to load Wine, which they will not be admitted to do, in case you don’t restore this Bark. We don’t doubt but the People here out of Complaisance will make you some acknowledgment of a Refreshment.

Gentlemen,Your very humble Servants,J. Pouldon, Vice-Consul, J. Crosse,Bernard Walsh,G. Fitz-Gerald.

‘Pray excuse Haste, that we have not time to transcribe.

‘The rest of the Merchants are in the City where our Governor generally resides, being about six Leagues hence.

Our Answer was thus:{14}

On board the Duke Frigat,
Sept. 20.


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Community Reviews

I think like any other old voyage diary there’s more detail to dates and locations than actual events. The only part I found interesting was in late chapters about Mexico.

Now this is a difficult read due to the spelling, grammar, formatting and general language used but, as a graduated historian who finds the historical figure of Woodes Rogers incredibly interesting and fascinating, I had to track down a copy and read it. The necessity for my project helped.

It's qui

Wealthy son of a wealthy man takes to the sea to prove something to the parents, presumably.
Seeks adventure, finds the limits of his own capacity. Loses everything in the process and then stumbles upon a hell of a story in the process.
If this is defeat for me, then know this. You and I were neck and