Virginia History Series 
Historical Hall of Fame:  Richard Hakluyt (c. 1552 or 1553 23 November 1616) promoted settlement of North America by the English.
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Richard Hakluyt is principally remembered for his efforts in promoting and supporting the settlement of North America by the  English  through his works, notably Divers Voyages Touching the Discoverie of America (1582) and The Principal Navigations, Voiages, Traffiques and Discoueries of the English Nation (15891600).

Educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford, between 1583 and 1588 Hakluyt was chaplain and secretary to Sir Edward Stafford, English ambassador at the French court. An ordained priest, Hakluyt held important positions at Bristol Cathedral and Westminster Abbey and was personal chaplain to Sir Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury, principal Secretary of State to Elizabeth I and James I. He was the chief promoter of a petition to James I for letters patent to colonize Virginia, which were granted to the London Company and Plymouth Company (referred to collectively as the Virginia Company) in 1606.

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(above) Hakluyt depicted in stained glass in the West Window of the South Transept of Bristol Cathedral.
 
 
(Below) Title page of the first edition of Hakluyt's The Principall Navigations, Voiages, and Discoveries of the English Nation (1589)athedral
(Right) The seal of the Virginia Company of London