The literary life of EDWARD JAMES, author,reviewer, occasional poet and former pension adviser to the government of Kyrgyzstan

The Castaways

Who was the first person to walk from Mexico to Canada?  In fact there were three of them who reached the Gulf of St Lawrence, out of 25 who set out from Mexico.  They were David Ingram, Richard Thwaite and Richard Twide.

Never heard of them?  They were among the 100 sailors marooned by John Hawkins on the coast of Mexico in 1568.  Most chose to head south and trust to the (not so tender) mercies of the Spanish, but a brave 25 headed north into the unexplored interior of North America.  Eleven months later three survivors met up with a French ship near Cape Breton island, over 3000 miles away.

You will find this story on my page THE CASTAWAYS.  It is the fourth piece I have written for this blog as background to my book Freedom’ Pilgrim.  The others are England’s Homer, Auto de Fe and A Troublesome and Sorrowful Voyage.

John Hawkins

John Hawkins



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