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[QUOTE]Originally posted by NR: [QB] Here is a very in-depth article from 1979 that gives many details regarding Ingram's journey. [URL=http://www.americanheritage.com/content/longest-walk-david-ingram%E2%80%99s-amazing-journey]http://www.americanheritage.com/content/longest-walk-david-ingram%E2%80%99s-amaz ing-journey[/URL] It is interesting that a young Francis Drake piloted one of the ships that left Ingram on the shores of Mexico. It is also interesting that Ingram was rescued and returned to England by a French ship. The more I read about Ingram, the more it seems like a fabrication. Thevet mentions in his book that his information regarding the new world came from two books given to him as a gift. Obviously, because the "Codex Mendoza" was stolen from the Spanish by French privateers, Thevet could not reveal this but still wished to publish the information he had. Hakluyt would have faced the same problem once he received the Codex from Thevet. What better way to protect his source than to fabricate a story about English sailors that walked across the new world. The fact that the account was written down by Walsingham, (a man with lots of information obtained from sources he could not reveal), IMO lends credence to this idea. It also makes me curious about Thevet's consistent lack of citing his sources. Better to be thought of as someone who lacks credibility, than a spy or a traitor. Imagine for a minute the political consequences of the French Royal Cosmographer selling a stolen Spanish document to the English. [/QB][/QUOTE]
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