'Their fruits be diverse and plentiful, as nutmegs, ginger, long
pepper, lemons, cucumbers, cocos, sago, with divers other sorts...'
Scholar, spy, diplomat and supreme propagandist for Elizabethan sea
power, Richard Hakluyt's accounts of famed explorers mythologised a
nation growing rapidly aware of the size and strangeness of the
world - and determined to dominate it.