Samuel Purchas.

Purchas his pilgrimage : or Relations of the world and the religions observed in all ages and places discovered, from the creation unto this present. In foure parts. This first containeth a theologicall and geographical historie of Asia, Africa, and America, with the ilands adiacent. Declaring the a online

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plentifull : the more fertile Element yeelds barrcnneffe and Sands; the barrenner bria-
geth in a double wealth,pearles,and merchandifc,

lohn l<[ewbury which failed do wne Euphrates to this Sca,and fo to Ormus (vifiting
Bagdctby the way, which he faith istwcntie or fiuc and twentic miles. Southward
from olde Babylon) teftifieth of the women in Ormuz, that they flit the lower
part of their eares more then two inches,which hangeth downc to their chinnc. This
ourCountrey-mandied inhistraucls, hauing trauclled to Conftantinople, intothc
blacke Sea and Danubiu$,and through the Kingdomes of Poland and Perfia , the In-
dies and other parts of the world. But for the defcription of the paflage downc the
Riucr Euphrates to the Perfian Gulfe , I know none which hath done it foexafllyas
^^i^.trs'S^/^iaVenetian.whichthat way pafled to Ormuz and India; who relateth
the lame in the Diarie of his traucls : fometimcs the Trunkes or bodies oftrees, vnder
the water of tht" Riuerconfpiring dangerous attempts; fometimcs Zelebe and other
ouer-hanging Mountaines,threatningruinc,and cuen now feemhig to fwallow them
in their darke deuouring iawes ; fometimcs the violence of fome fteeper current, as it
were hurling them into a Whirle-poolc ; alway the Arabians readie attending for
prey and fpoyle. One Cicie,or rather the carkafle of a Citic, whereof onely the ruincs
arcreraainingjftands on the left hand ofthis Riucr, greater in his opinion then Cairo
in Egypt: the Mariners affirmed to him that by the report of the olde men it had

Yy a three

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names in Batby

Tach Chrtn.

518 J br'tefe furuey of the ijlands adiojn'ing to Afiafirc.Q hap aa^

three hundred thrcefcore and fixe gates : from morning to noone with the helpe of the
ftreame and foureOarcs, they could fcarcclypafie one fide thereof! This is called S-
lerft, perhaps that which was auntiently called Sdejfu. He fpcakes of the Car.tewls.'m.
habiting as they paffed, which agree ncythcrwith Turkes, Moorcs , norPerliansiii
theirSeft.buthaueaHerefieby thcmfeiues. He trauelled more then one whole day
byonefide ofoldcBabylon ifromTclugiato Bagdad, though the ground be good
yet favv he neythcr tree nor greene hearbe, but all barren ,and Teeming to rctaine fome
markcs ofthe Prophefies threatned by £/!y againft this place. They which dwell here,
and trauell from hence to Balfara, carrie with them Pigeons , whom they make their
Letter-pofts to Bagdad, as they doe likewife betwccne Orrauz and Balfara. The
coaftsofPcrliaasthey fayledinthis Sea, feemed as a parched Wilderneflc , without
tree or graflc : thofe few people which dwell there, and in the Hands of Lar and Cai.
lon,\iue on f)fli,being in manner transformed thcnifelucsintoihe nature of fifhes; fo
excellent fvvimmers are they,th3t feeing a vcffell in the Seas though ftormie and t^ m-
peftuous.they will fwimme to it fiuc or fixe miles to begge almcs. They eate theirfift
with RicCjhriuing no bread ; their Cats, Kennes, Dogges, and other creatures which
they keepe,haue no other dyet. In the Hand of Bairen.and thofe of" Gonfiar,they take
the beft pearles in the world. In Mufcato,thrcefcore miles from Ormuz, they dare not
fifhfor them, tor fiflies.which arc as cruell to the men, as they to the mnoccnt Oyftcrs.
They hold that in Aprill.theOytterscometo the top ofthe water.&rccciue thcdrops
ofraine which then fall.whercwiththeyreturn to the bottom again :andthcfforefilli
not til the end of Iuly,becaufc that fubrtance is not before ripened and hard. In fayling
from Ormuz to Diu he faith th^y pafled ouer a bay of a hundred and thirty leagues of
water, white like milkc. I haue Jcene an extraft ot a Chronicle written by Pachatm.
««r<M,which raigned in Ormuz three hundred ycares agoe ; tcfiifying that one Muhi.
met being King of Amen in.Arabia Fslix.pretending title to Pcrfia,built a Ciiie ooihe
Continent ofHormuz,whichhis-porteritic held in fucceflion of many gencrationsjt
happened that King Cc.haAiriiu'^^znng from the King of Creman, came to larmi^ihi
is,a Wood ; fo they called this Iland.which is a'moft all of fait, the Riuer being brack*
ifh from a fait Mountainc in the middefl thereof, and the fides ofthe Riuer whitefalfi
Yet there then grew thinne woods. Here he built Ormuz; which Albtn]tterk^x!\iii
tributarie to the Portugals.being Lady ofthe Hands thereabouts.and principal! Staple
ofMcrchandizefor thoie parts ofthe world. Odoricm fpeaketh ofthe intolkrable
heate in thefe parts : and Ba/iy teliifieth that necre Balfara many perlons die of thea-
tremity of hcate.whic h hapned to fourc of their company , which forced by hcateand
wearineffe fate downe,and witha bote blaft of winde were all Imothered.

IntheDifcourfeof thefe Afian Seas and this Perfian, among the reft I thought it
worthie relating, which ? Luys de ZJrreta, in his t/£th-.opian Hiflorie telleth ofi
certaine lew. He trauclling alongft the fliorc of this Perfian Sea, by fome ln-lc:s and
Armes thereof, which embay themfelucs within the Land.faw the Sea lofcie and fwcl-
ling, by force of the Windcs and Tides, feeming to threaten the higher Elements , but
cucn now readie to fwaliow vp the Earth, roaring out a loude defiance in fuchfori,
that the poore lew was am3zed,.Tnd dreadfully feared therewith : and this coniinucd
thefpaccoflomedayes, whiles the lew trauelled thereby. But on the Saturday and
Sabbath, Superrtition commanded the lew ; and Nature (the hand-inayde of Diuini-
tic) enioyned the angrie Elements to reft; a fudden calme followed, as' if Waues and
Windes would accompanie the lew in his deuotions , and had forgotten their former
furieand womc^a^iiure.ioremcmberthefanBijication eft'nii 'Day, The lewhauing
heard before, that there was a Sabk-tttcall 'Erter, (which fome place in ^Ethiopia,
fome in Phoenicia, others they cannot tell where) in a credulous fancic pcifwadcs
himfelfe, that this Armc of the Sea was that SabhaticaHfircame, and that he nowfawe
the experiment of that relation with his eyes. Fancic had no fooner afF.rmcd. but
fupcrftitionfware to the truth, and credulitie tickles him with gratulation of diuine
fauour to himfelfe, that had liued to fee that bleflcd fight. Rauiflied with this conceit,
he fills his Budget full of the Sand, which is of a more croffe and clcauing nature,thcn


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in other places , and carriechicwithhini asa great trcalure vnto the place of his ha-
bitation. There he tells his Couinrey-men that now the MclTias would not be long
before he came, for now he had found this figne thereot , the Sabhaticall Rtuer ; fne-
wiugihis Sand in proofc thereof. Credit /tfd.tni y}pe//.t,ihc Icvves beleeiie quickly ali
but the truth,efpecially in Portugall, whither hcc came with this report. Many thou-
fand moued by his wordes, remooucd their dwellings, and Idling their fubflance,
would needes goc into thefc partes of Per(ia,by the Sahhaticdll Riuer to fixe their ha-
bitation; there wayting for their promifed MclHas. One, and a chieleofthis fuperfii'
tiousexpcdition was^wd»wZ«/;/^/r»«^ja Phyfuian of great note, accounted one of
the molt learned of his profefsion, and a wriicr therein ; and lohn Micas ^ a Merchant
of great wealth. They paffed through Fr3unce,Gcrmanic,Hungaric, their company .
(likeafnow ball) cncreafing as they went, with the addition of other lewes of like
cicdulitic. When they came to Condantinoplc, there were of them in many bands or
companies thirtic thoufand. CabafmiB.iff'a,\.\\zJ\itV\([\ Commander.thoughttogaiii
bythisocrafion ;and would not fuffcr them to paile ouer the waterinto Alia, with-
out many hundred thoufands ofduckats , except they would pafle on horfe-backc.
This example was I'oone both fpread and followed of the other Baflaes and Comman-
ders in Alia,as they went; their wealth andfubftancc being cuery where fo fleeced,
that they came into Syria, much Icflencd in numbers, m cHate milerable and begger-
ly; new Oflicerseuery where, as new hungrie Flics, lighting on thefe wretched car-
kafles ( fo I may call them : ) lomc they whipped, fome they empaled, fome they han-
ged. a;idburncd others. Thus were thcfe milerable Pilgrims waited: and "Don lohn
.g.</fj/^«r was prefcnt.whenviwrffoaforefaid being dead with this affliction, hisPhy-
/icke-bookcs wcrcatanOut-crictobefjldeat Damafco , and becaufe they were in man would buy them,till at lalt another lew became chapman. Micas ^onc
ofthcwealthieft men 'which Europe held , diedpoorein anHofpitall acConftantino-
ple. And this was the ilTiie oftheir Pilgrimage to the 5rf/'^-t//Crf//j?r<f^wjf, which they
fuppofed to finde in this Perfian Gulfe , where we haue too long holden you the fpc-
ftators of this le wifli Tragcdie.

And yet let me intreate your patience a httle longer in confidcring the occafionof
thiserrour. Wc haue elfcwhercl mentioned this Sabbaticall Riuer : nowyoufliall q ti.f.^.
vnderftand that the lewcs generally haue drowned their wits therein. '^^W^^wz'^ calls r ElusTh'nb.
itGozan. Gifw^^fay^alledgcthmany T^/^.teltimonies ofit: butofall, and of ail let ^''d.Sambaiitn.
Eldad Damtu his talc (which Ge«ebrardhii\\ tranflated) finde fome fauourable enter- ^'^'•^'''^^''-''P-
tainemcnt; the rather becaufe one of our Apocryphal! Authors feemes to weaue the
fame webbc, which as the worthier perfon.deferuethfirit examination. Efdra-s there-
fore(fov\e fuppofe him/and this is not all his lewifh fables) reporteth, that r^cr^ww , £« ,, ^
Tribes rvhich Salmanafer ledde c^ftiuejteoks ceunfell Amorg themfelues to leaue the muU
titudt ofthe Heathen, and goe forth into a further countreyvehers neuir marikjade dwe/t :
that they might there h^epe their fiatutes which they neuer kef t in their owtie Und. ^>id
theye>itredinto Suplirates bjthenarrop>paff«ges of the Riuer. For the txcH Hich then
Jl}ewedj!g;ies for thetK ,a»d heldJiiU the fioiidtill they were p^.ffedouer. For through that
CouHtrej there was a great rvay to goe,namely ^of ti yeare and a halfe : andthe fame Requiems
calL'd Arfareth. Then dwelt they there vntiU the later time, ^nd kow when they flpall
begin t« comejthe Higbell [htillfiay the Springs of the Streame agaiue.&c. Here you fee
nolefl'e muacle then in Iordan,or the Redde Sea.for their pafl'age : which feeing it was
through will pardon our lewfor fcarching it neerethis Perlian Gulfe, e-
fpecially feeing his good Matters theRabbins had increaled this talc.with the inchpire
ofthcfe levies from palling againe into our world ; not by the continuall courie of
Euphrates,3s£/i^rrf<j infinuateth, but by theSabbatifingof the Sabbaticall ftreame,
which by £/i:/>?^.fdcfcription is two hundred cubitesouer, lull of fands and ftones,
without water,makinga noyfe like thunder as it floweth,w hi^h by night is heard halfe
a daycs iourney frorii it. On the Sabbath it is continually quiet and itUl , but all that
while arifeth thence a flame, that none dare enter, or come neere by halfe a mile.
Thus the iuc (if not the Religion of the Sabbath) then detaincs them no lede then the

Yy 3 Itonie

520 A hriefcfurucy of the ijlands adiojn'in^ to JJia^Zirc.C hap .1^.

rtonieHreameoniheweekc dayes: and what (Ionic heart can refufe them crcdite?
Yet doth not he and Efdy.n agree of the inhabitants, both deiiuing them from the ten
Tribes ; but iVi;/.^^ challenging no leffc antiquitie thcufrom leroboam^ who contend-
ing with i?f^a^o<jw, the godly Cathohke Ilraelitcs refilling to fight againft the houfc
ofQ9^W(i,chofc rather to attempt this Pilgrimage; and fo palling the RiuerPhyfon
(forche Scriptures had forbidden them to meddle with Egypt , Ammon or Amalck)
ihey went and went till they came into t/£thiopia,Therc did the fourc Tribes ofD<j»
Nepchalifiad,ind /f/frlcttlc themlelues , which continually warre vpon the feucn
Kingdomcs of Tu(iga,Kamtua,Koha.Marhugia, Tacu], Bacma, and Kacua (iie on the
fimplicitic of our Geographers which know not one of thcfe,no better thcnf/iVr^ hij
Arfareth) :they haue a King whofe name is Hu^tel Mathtel^vndct whom they fic^ht
each Tribe three moneths, by courfe. The Tribe alio of y^ff/w(forthey imagine his
children claiie to their mothers religion, which was a Madianite or t/£thiopian ) it
turned to their truth: and they allobfcruc thcTa]mud,thc Hebrew tongue, the Ordi-
nances of the Elders, and iLftcr nothing T'«c/frf»« amongft them: Yea, no Vtopiaii
State comparable to theirs. He tells the like tales of the othtr Tribes. But how cam«
he thence to tell this newcs ? Truely I wonder no Icfle then you : yet he faith he gotto
the Sea(forgetting that before he had compafled his ccuntrey with the Sabbaticall
Streame_)3nd there was taken captiue,|and by his leancncfTe cfcaping the Caniballs
(elfeourfatftoriehadbecnfc deuoured) was folde to a lew, of whom perhaps this
forged talc procured his redemption. Howfocuer ; the Tradition holdes, both for
thefc inclofid /^■M'lf/jand that Sal;l7attcall/freame,thuh fhould be fought hcrc-a-waies,
or found no where. The reciting is fufficient refuting to a reafonablcvnderrtanding;
and yet the lewes are not oncly bcfottedwith thefe their inclofed brethren, imagi-
ning their Mcflias may be amongft them,although they know not whether to alcribe
this tranfportation to Salman^j'tr^oz to Alexander the great, or to the dayes of lerf
r Grontmin ^o^w : but Chrirtians alfo tell fofthem about the Pole, and they know not where,
Ceog. And I haue fccne a printed Pamphlet of their comming out of thofc their indolurei

inourtimesjwhiththe numbers of each Tribe. Yea, PosleUus,Botey-m, and many Oi
ther deriue the Tartars from them : which dreamc, they which plcafc may reade at
BrercTroads en- large confuted by Mafter/JrfrfWffi/i^, Itwasabout the ycarei2:;8. when£/^<j(ic3mfc
4ume.Mf.13. from thence into Spaine. Ifany marucll why inaDikourfeof the Scawc adde this,I
anfvvere, that wee cannot finde the land whereto it is due : and therefore one abfurdi-
tic mull follow another. But let rs proceede,

TheReddeSea,or Arabian GuliCjfcemedvnwilling to be the Oceans fubicfl:fd
many imall Iflands doth fhe continually mulf er in rcliltance, befides her vndermining
the Sea with her fhallo w Channel!, confpiting the deftrudion of many hcedlefle Ma-
riners, that here will aduenture as tenants to the Sea in their mouing houfes. Once(by
a mightier hand) was it helped to preuaile agaioH the Seas force , to difcouer a drie
land in the middefi thercof,3nd with her watcric erecfled walls to guard thefe new paf-
fengcrSjtill the fame hand reuerfed it, or rather rewarded the then ctnptie bellie there-
of with the prey offo many thoufand Egyptians. Eabelmandcl, Camaran.and Mazva
are accounted amonglt the chiefeofthcleJfolets;Suachen hath mofiSoueraigntie,bc-
ing the feat of the Turkifli Bsfla for Abaflla.

^r«»»«/inhisPcriplusoftheRcddeSca, and yigatharchides'm a Trcatifeoflikc
argument, mention not many Iflands thcreni :Orine, Alalea:, Catacuniene, and that
ot'Z)i(?^o^w in the mouth of the Strait. Den lohn of Caliro hath written ancxaiS
Treatife (from his one experience) of thefe Seas and Iflands, which MaRer Haklttit
hath in a written Copic; outofwhich wcfliall obfcrucmorc inourcoaflingabcutA-
frike. Tho:'xa6 Jo»es,\\[iO was in the Afcenlion in this Sea, fpeakcth of twclue or thir*
teenedefolate iflands, where they found rcfrefliing with Cokos, Fifli, and Turtlc-
Doues,whereof one may with his hands take twentie douzen in a day. The Straits arc
a mile and halfe ouer,butnow not chained. Mokha is the chiefe Staple of Indian coni-
modities,whichpafle that way to Cairo and Alexandria. Aden is the kcyofTurkifli
goucrnmenc in thofe parts.


ChapJ4- ASIA. Tkfift'Booke, 521

Socatera is wltlioiic the Strait. The Naturals arc Chriftians, of Saint T'/js'ws'.w Sctftj
who is hecrc laid to hauc luffcrcd niip\vrackc,and of whofe broken (liip was crcrted a
Church. They arc great vvarriours, both men and women, and great Magicians.Thcy
haueno vie of Traffickc, Lctters,or Naiiigation and yet are cdecmcd the nobicft peo-
ple in the world. It is (as Dan Ichn oi Caslro oblerued) in twcluc degrees, and {.twcn-
ticieagues long and nine broad, Thcirpraycrs arcinChaldaran.Thcnien hauc difte-
ring names as in thefe parrs : but the women are all called by the name of M^ty. Jhey
had no King, Gouernour,Prelate,nor Politic. Moft dv\xll in Caucs, ilmc in thatched
Cottages. Their food was Flcfli and Dates: their drinkemilke, and fcldome, water.
They worfhip the crofTc ; hauc no offcnfiue or defenfmc weapons, but certainc fwords:
and are without all induftrie for fifhing and nauigation. By the later Obieruations of
Antony Nippon, we hcarc that they hauc a Kmg w hich is fonnc and hcire to a King m
the Continent of Arabia, and that all the chiefe men are Moorcs, the vulgar Caphars.
The Moorcs will not Hcalc, but if they findc a thing, will enquire after the lofcr. A man
came to them out of the mountaines, which reported that in ten daics he had not leene
the Sunne, which yet lliined to them clcarc and hot. They are fubicdt to cold vapors,
and therefore care not for drinke in twentic daies fpace.

Two ■• other Iflands confront this; of which one (they fay) is the habitation of r cl.Sot.Ben^
men, and the other of women, which fometimes hauc entercourfc one with the other,
but the Ayre (Natures inexorable and heauic handmaid) not fuffcringany long abode
toeachjbut in their owne allotted portion.

Loath am I to looke any further into that boifterous Sea, and therefore leauing all
that huge Traft of Africke, as compafled by afuddenthought, butvnfaluted,weiliall
finde other Afian Iflands in the Mediterranean. And bccaufe, being now wcaried,the
jirchi^eUgo would be too tedious a paflagc for vs, nether arc there many Hands worth
naming mTropoyjtts, orthe Euxi?3e,v>'c will fpeake a little of Rhodes and Cyprus,and
then remember how long we hauc forgotten our felucs. . , _

The former of thofe containcth about an hundred and twentic miles:fertile in foile, tionvmin'thc
and of moft pleafant ayrc,caufed by that loue which Phccbm beareth to irj there ncuer fc.;/i,as Mcurfi-
pafllng day, in which he doth not, in his bright and fliining appare]],falute it. And for '•' tranflates it:
this caufe haopily was that huge Cohjfm of Brafle (gilded ouer, and reputed the moft f "''^'' "'#'»'
wondcrfull ofthe Worlds feuen Wonders) here dedicated to the Sunne (though I'ome ,Umms"''er.
afcribe it to Inpiter) the workmanfliip of C^^rw Z.«W««,ofthreercorc and ten cubits, bmitm LhuHiii
^oras others tell, an hundred fonic three feer, but it felfc told fourefcore cubits in fecit Laches,
height, ivhich, falling by an Earthquake, the Oracle forbad the Rhodiansto creit a- which words
gaine. But nothing forbad Mabuts, or Ainahi, the fif'th Caliph, after his feuen yearcs ^'^V '^"^'^ ^^
warre about Conftantinople (as faith t ConflMtiKits out oiTheephanes) iniiadmg this ucba^vl\h
Iflandjto carric away nine hundred (Confiantinui numbreth many more) Camels bur- height' foure,
thens of this Brazen carkafl't. fcorc cubits.

The Temple I. fZ,(i^i?r was hccre enriched, with many prefents of the Grcekes and '^'""'fi'" "«
Romans,to both which the City of Rhodes was had in friendly and honorable regard, ''^"p^^' ^''^'
Much was their force by Sea in ancient times.and for two hundred ye?res fj^ace it was t CcTiHant For-
thcSeatof the Hofpitular-Knights, which now refide in Malta; driucn thence by fhyrogcmtm de .
m^xScSolymai. ad. imp cai>,zi.

Thefe Knights had alfo, bypurchafe oiY^wg^'^chard « the firft of England, the ^'''''/'|"'»"
Ifland of Cyprus 5=, dedicated by the Poets to ^ww, to whom the Inhabitants were u'ofr'
too much addifled, asappearedbytheirTemplesandothcrvanicics in her honor. At kingCyprus'
Paphos rhee%vas worfliipped inthelikncdcofaNaucll ; and round thereabouts (by bcfidcsodier
the Diuels working) it rained nor. Trogns writeth,That the Cyprians proititutcd their Chronogra-
daughters (before they married them) to Marrinei s on the fiiorc. VVrc hauc fcene at P"<^"5^'=« t<'-
Rome ( faith R.VoLiteranns ) the attendants of Queene Carletia, ncucr a whit better aT-irinTm'
then thofe ancient. don. m'viia

Of Cyprus, thus rcportcth ^mrn'iamu LMarcelUnns^ Lib. ,s,. It is ennobled by T^'dw.cap.i^^.
twoCities, Saiamis and Paphus; the one famous for /wpr^r^ Images ; theothcr, for ^>'°-.
the Temple of Fi-MWif. It i? fo plentiful! in all things, that it needs nohclpe of other '^ '^ '(f''.Stf.
Nations, and of her owne abundance is able to fct forth a Shippe, from the Kcclcto y-rbium hb'z,


512 Ofthe Hands of la^an, and their ^ligiom. Chap, 15,

theTor-failc;vvithallprouirion,famifhedtothc Sea, Neither grieuc I totellit ; the
Romans more greedily then iuftly, made themfelucs Lords thereof. For Ptohmej the
Kin" being confederate with vs, was profcribed without any fault, but the dcfeft of
our Trcafurici who therefore poyfoncd himfelfe,and the Ifle became tributarie. StX"
KHerod.rhal'u. tiu Rfifuj faith as much, ty^mafts was thefirft,if wcbeleeueHfre^icfw* ^, that euer
conquered Cyprus, and made it tributarie. He alfo faith (Lib. j.) That the Cyprians
were partly from Salamine and Athens, partly from Arcadia, partly from Cythnus,
y pfe./.f.f.3i. from Phcenicia, and from ey£thyopia. Pliny affirmeth y, That it was fomctime the
Seat of nine Kings, and was diuerfly named, as Acamantts, CerafUs, Jfpelia, ^Anui'
T Ortel. That, thnjta, A'Iacaria,Cryjittu,iv\AColima. It was fuchaForrcft of Trees *, that when as
their Shipping and Mines were not able to waftethem, it was made lawfull for any
man to fell and dcfiroy them, and for his labour to poffcfle the land which hee had fo
cleared. 'BmrtholomifM Saltgniaciis, faith he faw flying fifhes in the fea about Cyprus,
which iiuhcAtlantike Ocean arc common thcfaw alfo aRammc in Cyprus withfc-
uen homes.

In the time of CouHantine it was forfaken of the Inhabitants, as before forfaken of
the ElementSjwhichrCfufcd to water with any droppesofrainethat inand(fometimc
accounted happy) the fpace of fcuentecncycarcs together, oras others haue it,(ixe
* ^adiGeo' and thirtie, rc-peop!ed from diuers parts by Helena,thc mother oi (^onifanttne *, and
gfafhia. remaining to the Greeke Empire, till that Lion of England trndc it a prey, and the

Knights purchafe, w ho I'old it to Cjuido Liiftgnnn .- whofe pofteritie failing the Veneti-
ans fuccecdedj till Seljm the fecond, minding to erc6l a Religious Hofpitall,to teftific
In f/n^. voy- j^jj j^agnificencc,began with an irreligious foundation. For whereas their holy lawes
k^" f f"' a will not fuffer any thing to be dedicated to holyvfes, which their owne fvvord hath
eufta,& not conquered, he brake League with the Venetian, and robbed them of this Ifland,
largly related, which they are thought, not with the iufleft title, before to haue pofleflcd. But it is
rom.x. high timetobethinke vs of our Indian fhore, whence we haue taken fo large a pr<>j

F.conurenm fp^^^. vvhere we are flayed to be tranfported intochechicfeofihofe Iflands thereto
Vm " "* takeamoreleifurely view of their Regions and Religions. And ifanybedefirousto
reade the ancient names and dcfcriptionsot the Seas and Hands about Afia, Marci*^
ntu Hernclcotes, and ScuLix (^arnandenfs haue written cfpeciallTrcatifes thereof,
which Damd //a'/f^''/;»« hath publifliedin Greeke, very profitable to the learned
Students of the ancient Geographie,3s are the workes alfo vf/fidorta Clmracet^tu^Ar»
temidorM Ephejim,znd Dicaarchttt Mep»tM,\vh\chhc hath ioyncd with them.


Chap. XV.
of the Ijlartds of lap n, and their Religions.

afe^^^^^Hc Tefuits haue not more fixed the eyes of the World vpon them in the
Werterne parts, then they haue fixed their ow ne eyes on the Eaflerne;
hcere feeking to repaire, with thehvfitenipered LMortar, the mines of
their Fa!ling 'Babylon : there laying a new foundation of their after-
hopes : heere, by their Politikc My fteries and Myfticall Policies, cn«
dcuouring to recouer; there, by new Conquefts to make fuppiy
to their lolfes: heere, for bufie intruding into affaires of State, fufpededby their
owne, hated by their aduerfarics; there, by feeming to negleft Greatneflc, and
to contemne Riches, of the mightiert arc not feared, while others bcleeue, ob-
a AfJt/ib.ij ly. ferue, and admire them. Both heere and there they fpate not to »^ cot^paJfeSeaani
Land, tervinne Trofdjites; eueric of theirRefidenccs, or Colledgcs, being as fo ma-
ny Forts to cftablifli this new Romane Monarchic, but with vnlikc aduantagc,
encountering there with Reafon (or rather with the carkafle of Realbn) atten-
ded with Ignorance, and Superftition, whofe Owlifli eyes cannot endure the en-

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