The New Atlantis

The New Atlantis

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The New Atlantis by Francis Bacon

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The New Atlantis

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A Utopian novel.

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in Spanish, these words: Land ye not, none of you; and provide to be gone from this coast, within sixteen days, except you have further time given you. Meanwhile, if you want fresh water or victuals, or help for your sick, or that your ship needeth repairs, write down your wants, and you shall have that, which belongeth to mercy. This scroll was signed with a stamp of cherubim: wings, not spread, but hanging downwards; and by them a cross. This being delivered, the officer returned, and left only a servant with us to receive our answer.

Consulting hereupon amongst ourselves, we were much perplexed. The denial of landing and hasty warning us away troubled us much; on the other side, to find that the people had languages, and were so full of humanity, did comfort us not a little. And above all, the sign of the cross to that instrument was to us a great rejoicing, and as it were a certain presage of good. Our answer was in the Spanish tongue; that for our ship, it was well; for we had rather met with c

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You will need a very large dictionary to find some of his words.
Seamen are becalmed in the Pacific, and run short of food and water before the wind picks up again. They stumble across an unknown island that allows them to land for food, water, and hospitalization. The islanders know about Europe and America, though they have kept their own island secret. They are Christian.
The island is seemingly run by scientists--the first mention of a technocracy I've seen. The citizens are all good, moral, and considerate--clearly this is fiction.
It's Bacon's version of the perfect world, written in the 1620s.
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