Discourse Concerning Western Planting

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Discourse Concerning Western Planting was a document written by Richard Hakluyt in 1584[1]

This document was written to convince Queen Elizabeth I to support the colonization schemes of Walter Raleigh and to encourage English merchants and gentry to invest in those enterprises.[2]

The document makes the following points:

  1. The British Empire must convert the Native Americans to Christianity.
  2. In the future, the empire should not buy exotic goods from the Spanish empire, but directly by his colonies.
  3. The English people without work can come here.