Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley (1819-1875) was originally published in 1855, midway through this prolific writer's body of work.  An adventure story of the British sailing era, it vied for popularity among 19th-century readers with Treasure Island (pub. 1883).

An epic-length (182,371 words) adventure based upon actual 16th century events, featuring the Spanish Main, pirates, circumnavigations, the Inquisition, a detailed recounting of England's annihilation of the Spanish Armada, and more, Westward Ho! is preternaturally excellent, so good that even during proofreading the editor repeatedly found tears of emotion in his eyes.


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