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Hakluyt Society Exploration Links

This page is intended to provide visitors to the Hakluyt Society website with links to other sites where high quality, scholarly and academic research material may be found. In addition, it includes sites which provide up-to-date news of forthcoming events, conferences and exhibitions relating to the history of exploration and navigation. Whilst no listing of this type could ever claim to be complete, new sites coming online almost daily, every attempt will be made to keep abreast of those which provide the more valuable research resources. Recently notified websites will be placed temporarily at the top of this page to bring readers' attention to them. If any reader would like to suggest further additions to this page, would they please contact the website administrator, Ray Howgego, by email at


Recent additions to the links list


Fort Ross State Historic Park, California

Established in 1812 by the Russian-American Company, Fort Ross was for thirty years the major Russian outpost in California. This attractively illustrated website includes a history of the settlement; details of its structural history and its reconstruction; ongoing archaeological research; information for visitors; and a calendar of forthcoming special events. Videos of lectures, tours of the site, and past festivals, in both English and Russian, are available on the associated Fort Ross YouTube website.


Discover the World with THE LINNAEUS APOSTLES: Global Science and Adventure


One of the world's greatest scientists, the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus (1707-78) has fascinated and inspired countless scholars for more than three centuries. During his lifetime he revolutionised man's understanding of nature and set the standards for future scientists; standards that are as pertinent today as they were then. He was to inspire seventeen of his scholars to travel to distant corners of the world to document local nature and culture. Travelling alone or with expeditions across land and sea, they visited every continent. The IK Foundation, to which this link refers, publishes The Linnaeus Apostles, a monumental work of eleven folio books in eight volumes which provide for the first time in English the accounts of the apostles' journeys throughout the world.

The iLinnaeus.org website, a subdivision of The IK Workshop Society, is a unique global forum for everybody interested in natural and cultural history, based on the foundations laid by Carl Linnaeus and his so-called apostles and creating the bench-marks for documentation, field and literary studies, and innovative research. The IK Workshop Society is a unique phenomenon, a long-term experiment which it is hoped, through the contributions of its members, will evolve into a vast repository of natural and cultural history consistent with the organisation's motto: 'Sharing Observations to Understand Planet Earth'.
An online newsletter provides details of the continuing work of the IK Foundation, its future projects, and its enduring commitment to the promotion of natural and cultural history.

Digitised Board of Longitude Archive

This project, a partnership between Cambridge University Library, the National Maritime Museum, and the AHRC-funded Board of Longitude Project, presents fully digitised versions of the complete Board of Longitude archive and associated materials, together with contextual essays, video, educational resources and hundreds of links through to relevant objects in the National Maritime Museum's online collections.

Professor Eugene Rasor's Annotated Bibliography of British Naval and Maritime History

This comprehensive bibliography of British naval and maritime history, hosted by the University of Exeter, Centre for Maritime Historical Studies, covers the period from 55 BC to the present day and will be constantly updated to keep up with new scholarship. It represents the culmination of Dr. Rasor's 40-year academic career, and of his extraordinary talent as a naval historian and bibliographer. The bibliography comprises over 26,000 entries which can be searched and browsed in a variety of ways. Academically significant entries are annotated with critical analysis.

International Society for Travel Writing

Founded in 1997, the International Society for Travel Writing encourages and fosters the work of scholars, publishers and practitioners of travel writing by means of conferences, a resource guide, a monthly newsletter and an on-line travel review journal. Membership is open to all and includes a discounted subscription to the scholarly journal Studies in Travel Writing.

Determination of Latitude by Francis Drake on the Coast of California in 1579


An exceptionally informative and attractively illustrated website written by Bob Graham. In it he evaluates the position of Nova Albion based on a comprehensive appraisal of the accuracy of Drake's navigational instruments and the ephemerides available at the time. Bob has also made his research available as a 27-page pdf download.

The Society for Nautical Research

The Society for Nautical Research was founded in 1910 to encourage research into matters relating to seafaring and shipbuilding in all ages all over the world, into the language and customs of the sea, and into other subjects of nautical interest. Since then the Society has flourished and plays an important role in both the curating of objects of historical interest and the study of nautical matters. Membership is open to all who share an enthusiasm for maritime history.

The Navy Records Society

The Navy Records Society publishes original documents on the Royal Navy, providing a valuable source for serving officers, scholars and all those interested in British naval history and the development of naval power generally. Over the past 100 years the Society's publications have included more than 150 volumes of documents, many of them rare or hard to find, ranging from the fourteenth century to the Second World War and beyond. Membership of the Society is open to anyone interested in the history of the Royal Navy.

La Sociedad Geográfica Española

The Spanish Geographical Society was founded in 1997 to promote an interest in geography and travel and to encourage the study of Spanish exploration. In its short history it has become a thriving society of more than a thousand members, publishing several books and a regular four-monthly Boletin. The society's attractive and dynamic website, especially its Galería de Exploradores which is devoted entirely to journeys of exploration, will be of considerable interest to members of the Hakluyt Society. The text is Spanish, but an English translation is in progress and available for a number of articles.

Linschoten-Vereeniging

The Hakluyt Society's sister organisation in the Netherlands. The Linschoten Society, founded in 1908, has published more than a hundred edited journals of travel and navigation. The site includes details of membership and recent publications.


History of Exploration and Navigation

Society for the History of Discoveries

Based in the United States but with members worldwide, this is one of the very few societies devoted entirely to the history of travel and exploration. The site includes details of the annual prize essay contest open to all students, society membership and a bibliography of all articles published in Terrae Incognitae, the society's journal.

The Columbus Navigation Home Page

Maintained by Keith Pickering, the site is devoted to Columbus and his voyages.




The Hakluyt Society's sister organisation in Canada. Founded in 1905 by Sir Edmund Walker, the Champlain Society has published nearly a hundred of the most important volumes in Canadian history. Members receive a major scholarly work of Canadian history approximately once a year.




This site contains a wealth of information and links related to James Cook together with information on how to join the Society and on its quarterly publication, "Cook's Log".




Information on all aspects of the work of the Royal Geographical Society, one of the largest learned societies devoted to geographical science. The entire library catalogue and archive collection is now fully searchable.

Maritime museums and marine archaeology



A sophisticated and well-indexed site covering every aspect of the Museum's extensive facilities, including its library, manuscript collection, and prints and drawings collection.


An informative site on the life Raleigh and his contribution to the colonisation of America, maintained by Jim Batten.

An extremely comprehensive list of maritime history links and a valuable digest, indexed by subject, of material transcribed from early books on maritime subjects. Maintained by Lars Bruzelius.




Site devoted to the museum's coverage of all things maritime and related to British Columbia.




This attractive site tells the story of the original voyage of Australia's first known European visitor, the Dutch ship Duyfken ("little Dove") in 1606, and keeps you up to date with the progress on the full-scale replica as she is built and tested at Freemantle, Australia.



The Mariners' Museum
Newport News, Virginia

Vast themed collection of images related to the mariners' lives and the museum exhibitions in this field.

Exploration and navigation - books, maps, magazines




Hordern House, located in Sydney, specialise in rare books, manuscripts, paintings, prints and maps relating to historical travel and voyages of exploration, particularly in Australia and the Pacific. They issue printed and email catalogues, and are the publishers of Ray Howgego’s Encyclopedia of Exploration and other titles dealing with discovery and exploration. Readers and collectors will find illustrated descriptions of much of the stock on the attractive Hordern House website, and can keep abreast of the latest acquisitions by receiving regular emailings (contact: ).



The Bibliophile Bookbase lists over three million rare, used and out of print books for sale by independent booksellers world wide. A vast range of books related to exploration are listed, often including long out of print Hakluyt Society publications.



Maggs Bros. Ltd., established in 1853, is one of the world's largest antiquarian booksellers. Our travel department has one of the world's finest stocks of material relating to the Pacific & Australasia, the Near & Middle East (including the Ottoman Empire), the Arctic & Antarctic, the Far East, Africa, the Americas, India & Central Asia. The stock includes not only printed books and manuscripts but also prints, paintings, maps and photographic material. We always keep Hakluyt and the voyages of Captain Cook in stock.



Daniel Crouch Rare Books, London, is a specialist dealer in antique atlases, maps, plans, sea charts and voyages dating from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries. The carefully selected stock includes fine prints and globes, cartographic reference books, rare atlases, wall maps, and separately published maps and charts.

Cartography and History of Cartography



Up-to-date listing of dates, details and links for forthcoming Symposia, Meetings, Map Fairs and other events of interest to cartographers and map collectors world wide. Maintained by John Docktor.



Site complementary to the above, listing dates and events for exhibitions. Once again, if you are holding an exhibition, please let John Doktor know about it.
Early maps, old maps or historical maps (i.e. the history of cartography), and the activities associated with them, form the subject of these incredibly comprehensive pages compiled by Tony Campbell, retired Map Librarian, British Library.




This society promotes the professional trade in antiquarian, collectible maps and related books. Much to interest map collectors including a useful bibliography on the subject of cartography, plus hundreds of rare maps for sale.

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