- Westward Ho! (novel)
"Westward Ho!" is an 1855 British
historical novelby Charles Kingsley, inspired in part by the Crimean War.
Beginning in the fictional
seaportof "Bideford Quay" near the real Bidefordin North Devonduring the reign of Elizabeth I, "Westward Ho!" follows the adventures of Amyas Leigh, an unruly child who as a young man follows Francis Draketo sea. Amyas loves local beauty Rose Salterne, as does nearly everyone else. Much of the novel involves the kidnapof Rose by a Spaniard. Amyas spends time in the Caribbeanseeking gold, and eventually returns to England at the time of the Spanish Armada, finding his true love, the beautiful Indian maiden Ayacanora, in the process; yet fate had blundered and brought misfortune into Amyas's life,for not only had he been blinded by a freak bolt of lightning at sea, but he also loses his brother Frank Leigh and Rose Salterne, who were caught by the Spaniards and burnt at the stake by the Inquisition.
The book is the inspiration behind the unusual name of the village of
Westward Ho!in Devon, the only place name in Englandwhich contains an exclamation mark.
The phrase was also adopted to describe both the westward migration to the
United Statesand across its western frontier.
* [http://www.bibliomania.com/0/0/30/64/frameset.html Westward Ho! manuscript]
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