Francis Pretty

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Francis Pretty
Title page of the 1617 edition Emanuel van Meteren's publication of Pretty's diaries in Dutch
Title page of the 1617 edition Emanuel van Meteren's publication of Petty's diaries in Dutch

Francis Pretty was a Suffolk gentleman,[1] diarist, sailor, and man-at-arms, who wrote detailed accounts of two separate circumnavigation of the globe, first with Sir Francis Drake (1577-1580) and later with Thomas Cavendish (1588).[2] Due to the dubious legality of these expeditions, accounts were officially suppressed; the earliest unofficial accounts were published in Dutch by Emanuel van Meteren who purchased both diaries and mixed elements of one with the other. Excerpts of both diaries were also included in Richard Hakluyt's 1582 and 1589 treatises on British explorations of North America, before he published the Cavendish diary in its entirety in 1600.[3][4]

While Pretty is often credited for the account of Drake's circumnavigation, the Haklyut Society has established that this is a mis-attribution.

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  1. ^ Hart, Albert Bushnell; Curtis, John Gould. American History Told by Contemporaries. Macmillan. p. 81.
  2. ^ Gunnar Thompson (1 September 2010). Commander Francis Drake & the West Coast Mysteries. p. 103. ISBN 978-0-557-49486-6.
  3. ^ Kelsey, Harry (2001). Sir Francis Drake: The Queen's Pirate. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. pp. 88 (footnote 97). ISBN 0300084633.
  4. ^ Norman Joseph William Thrower; University of California, Los Angeles. Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies; Sir Francis Drake Commission (January 1984). Sir Francis Drake and the Famous Voyage, 1577-1580: Essays Commemorating the Quadricentennial of Drake's Circumnavigation of the Earth. University of California Press. p. 201. ISBN 978-0-520-04876-8.