About Hakloot

I wanted to establish a blog that can capture my impressions of the world I live in. This will mostly relate to the places I visit. The inspiration for Hakloot, the blog name, comes from the Hakluyt Society.

It was founded in 1846 in the UK with the aim to advance the knowledge and education by the publication of scholarly editions of primary records of voyages, travels and other geographical material.

The Hakluyt Society is named after Richard Hakluyt (1552-1616), the celebrated collector and editor of narratives of voyages and travels and other documents relating to English interests overseas. His name was probably pronounced “Hack-loot”, an earlier member of the family having been recorded as an MP in 1304 under the name of Hakelute, rather than ‘Hackle-wit’, and the family being of Welsh extraction and not Dutch, as is sometimes supposed.

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