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covered, gradually increased and became very lucrative; and a regular and as yet an innocent 1553 commerce was carried on with Africa. The Viage to Guinea in 1553, in Eden and Willes, fol. 336, 337—353. The marriage 1554 July 25 of Mary with the king of Spain tended to excite the emulation which it was designed to check. The enthusiasm awakened by the brilliant pageantry with Chap. III.} which King Philip was introduced into London, excited Richard Eden Eden's Decades, published in 1555. to gather into a volume the history of the most memorable maritime expeditions. Religious restraints, the thirst for rapid wealth, the desire of strange adventure, had driven the boldest spirits of Spain to the New World; their deeds had been commemorated by the copious and accurate details of the Spanish historians; and the English, through the alliance of their sovereign made familiar with the Spanish language and literature, became emulous of Spanish success beyond the ocean. The firm