1552 – Born in London, England. British geographer, clergyman, translator, collector and editor of adventure narratives, and advocate for the westward expansion of English power.
1570 – Entering Christ Church, Oxford, "his exercises of duty first performed", he fell to his intended course of reading, and by degrees perused all the printed or written voyages and discoveries that he could find.
1574-1577 – Hakluyt took B.A. and M.A. degrees, the latter of which qualified him for a studentship.
1582 – Hakluyt’s first published work was his Divers Voyages touching the Discoverie of America.
1589 – He published the first edition of his chief work, The Principall Navigations, Voiages and Discoveries of the English Nation.
1598-1600 – Appeared the final, reconstructed and greatly enlarged edition of The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation (folio, 3 volumes).s
1601 – Hakluyt edited a translation from the Portuguese of Antonio Galvano, The Discoveries of the World (4to., London).
1616 – Died on November 23rd in London, England.