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* houor of the Deuil, there was taken forth an innumerable quantity of Scpulctiers, more

then a million of them, old and new.Himfelfe was there prcfenr.Muchireafure is found
iRichSepul- inthcGraues. i«<?«<^if/^7errf tooke forth ofone Sepulchre' more then fine bundered
chcri. thoufand pezocs. The great men adorned their Sepulchres with Vaults and rowers,and

had with them interred their women, fcruants, meat, chicha, armes and ornaments. He
addeth, that the Dcuill ( in the fliapc of fome principall perfon deceafcd ) would fome-
times appcarc , and fticw them newes out of that other world , ho w he liued and fared
there. And hence (itfeeme»)camc that fpoyle of fo much wealth, and fomany pcrfoni
for their funerals. But take heed (Reader) that you doe not beleeuc it was the Deuill
that was wont to appeare in fome habite of atflidted fouies, and demanded Dirges and
Mafles for their manumidion out of Purgatory : alas the Diuell was confined to the In-
dies, and would neuer haue bcene fo good a Purue yor for the Popes Kitchin. And cer-
teSjif curChriftian ancefteis had no: their wiues and goods buried in their graucs, with
food, rayment, and ornaments : yet thefe things were alfo buried with them, whiles the
fcares of Purgatory made them willing to endow the Prieftj ard Monafleries, and be-
flow on Lights,and other vites, that which fliould haue maintayned their houfes, their
wiues, and children. But how ccmc wc from Peru to Rome ? N.iy , how comes Rome,
■ ifnot from Peru, as more lately difcouertd, yet with Peru, and with, and from, other
Heathen Nations in the world , in her manifold ceremonies and fuperflitioiis rites ? as
this Relation of Peru, for their ConfelTions, ProcefTions, and many other rites wil flxw
and one day I hcpc more fully to acquaint the world, when we come in our Pilgrimage
to vifiteChriflian-AntichrinianRome.WorfcSepulchcrs thcntheformer(toreturne to
our Amert. Hiftory) were thofc w hich Herera mentions within 50. leagues of Popayan
where the husband hath beene fcene to eat the wite, father and fonne, brother and fifler
haue renewed a neerer proximity and butcherly incorporation : where Captiuesare fat-
ted and brought forth with (bng$,hismembers by pecce-meale cut cffand eaten whiles
himfclfe liucth and fcetb it . Since the inhabiting of S. lames oihivm , they hauecatea
more then 8000. Indians and fomeSpaniards.

This our Author teflifieth (let vs a li'tle vie w the ptefent flate of Peru) that LosRejet
( in 12. degrees coiififlcth of 3000. houfliolds : it is oocofthebcft climates in the woild,

not fubieft to plagues, hunger, raine, thunder, but al waies deere . It is the feat of the
Viceroy and royall Councel and Inquifition./o/;« £llus which was partner of Sit Richard
„ i/rfwi^wjhisaduentures, faith that Z,i»»<? is neerc as biggc as London within the wals:

a v^nTa dcccc ^^^ houfes arc of Lome : there are nigh i ooooo.Negros:it raineth not there,but it doth
within twclue leagues. There are maintayned 100. Horfemen* and 100. Carbines. At
Paricauoitisascoldas in England, in Winter. ThcypaffedtoCufco in thofe waies be-
fore mentioned, made by (juawacafa. Cufco is new without a wall, as large as Brifiol.
At PotolTi worke neere loooo. Indians brought in courfes thither to the Mines by the
Caliques. Bctwene Cufco and Potoflt is continual! trade ; theLordsbythe way will
entertaiae men with abundance of plate, and gard ( if they like j them with three or
foure hundered Indians . Impcriall village of Potefi is in nineteen: degrees, it hath fiuc
hunderedhoudiolds of Spaniards, and about fifty thoufand Indiansgoingand com-
AUVtfm. roing . Alexandra Vrfino who faiih he liued in Peru thirty and foure yerres, and had tra.
ucUcdthoiow all the Kingdomc ) hath written (hat inPotofi and Pouo are three hun.

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Chap. /3. AMHRIGA. The ninth 'Booke. S$9



dred mines of Spauiartis.aud fine thoufand of Indiansjand that the Kings part is two mil-
lions of filuerinChihonc , nndoneandahalfeofGoldialltheGoId and Siluer which
yeerely comesto Limais i2.milions. This Lima is the fame * which Zoz/Jryw before * Ortehrheat .
mentioned, and is an Archiepifcopall Sec ; and'hath vnderitthe BB. of Quito, Cufco,
Guamang3,Arequip3,Pax,P!ata,Triigil!o,Guanuco,Chachapoia,PortasVctus,Guai-
squil, Popaian, Carchi, S^ Michael, and S^. Francis.

And ti us wctake our leauc of thisContioent, and muftinto the adioyningSca,to
obferue matters of principall note we fliali there find.



Chap. XIII.
Ofthe lUndsadioyningto America.

?^"^^^;S^]^^Nd now I mufl obey the Spaniards Law, which will » admit no flrangers aBra./.j.f.ii.
(Fo^/V^c|)traflicke in Peru , and are iealous of any ccrriuall, which (hallholdc
^^Sl^^l^^Si^longerand more familiar difcourfe with America.although they hauera-
^/f^^\^ thcr forced her to their luHs , then wooed her to their loues. I a!fo begin
S?5^Sl3&^^ to ^rovv weary of this trauell inanotherff^r/^, willing to looke homc-
■wards" and therefore am nowembarquedonthe Peruuiancoafi,wberethe Peaceable
^f4may free me of thofe former dangers wheretomy Pilgrimage was fubic£l, in paf-
fino along fnowie and fiery hils, deceitful.vnwholfomc bopges,fcorching fandy plaincs,
wildcrnelVes inhabited with wilde beafi*, habitations peopled with wilder and more
bcafllymen ; and now by this commodscyofmyPaper-barke, Imay bothdireflmy
courfe home-wards,' and yet walkc, as intending another contrary.ordiucrfe Voyage. ♦To Leigh and
And euen a s thofe heauenly Planets^'in their Wandering and yet mofl conflant courfc,arc London too.
gu'idtd by the ocnerall motion of that vniuerfallVVhcele, and yet forget not their owne ^''"^y^. '»»«
pecu.iar:fol,in my wanderirgDifcoueri-s propound all and eucry place of the World, b^pi"^'- r •,
to be the place ofmycxcrcife and fubiecft of my Labour, bmyeithc fmke efjthaca <: is fieth "wan-''
fweetefl, and my knowing alljWould be but a melancholy maze , iflfhould not come dercr.
homctofillEnolifhcares withthenewcs. The Reader alfo, bythis time wearied, will cithacawas

be glad to heare ofan end. frff.^^'^^"^

Inthisfca wemayleemanyllands which Nature hath fcemcd to fer, as Centinclsa- „h,ch(*ffjt
long the coart, to hold their wstch, as skoAts to efpie, and as Garrifons to defend their many yceies
Scueraignc, Earth, left the Ocean (byfecret vndermining, orby violent and tcmpeflu- traiicll)hefo
ous force, fiiould be toobuGeanincroachcr, muchdc/ired

The Earth alio on this "^ fide finding het felfc more ftrongly alTailed then on the other, j°if^' . ,
hath fommoncdthemallhome toher borders , andplacedtbem for her better defence ftrongtro"the
in nations necre her , not fuffering them to ftray abroad , as in other Seas is vfunll : fo South fea then
that there arc almoft no Hands in this wid:fi of feat, the Peaceablc,but neare the maine. on the North,
Iftherebeany, theyareobfcure, froall, and not worthy our relation : As for thofe of and higher by
SaUmon and New Guinea, with their neighbours, they are reckoned to « another Con- ^^^''^ j^^'^'^f ^'
tinent, if they be not Continent themfe/uesjand for the Archipelago ofS'^.Lazaro, thefe ^ jj^^,', ^„ ,'
Hands may be reckoned vnrucly borderers , which while it is vnccrtainc whether they firatis.
fhould acknowledge the foueraigntyofAfia, Terra Auftralis, or America, arcloyallto
none ; and therefore,where they are beft knowne,are knownc by the name oi^Tlicgues; ^ j^^ Ladro-
a name fitting their nature and difpofition. Thus did LMagelLme %^r\<iz them, fiom nesorilands
whom (bcfides other things) they fiole his Boatc, which by ferce bee was forced to of Theeues.
recour. Such did our Coantr.-y-men '' i^YAz^zx Candijhes renowned Voyages findc g-^-P'^"'"'"'
them, who faw alfo their Images ofWood in the head of their Boates, like the Images ^'^^*; "j^^t
of ;hcDuel!; Temple, and S9int,bcft fitting their dcuotions:andfuchdid'0/;wriVo«rr candii'ip.Hac.
findethem, who came crying about him, ^row.j'row, offering him fruits in exchange for iNamg.ol.N.
pcccesofyron, and if any opportunity oftered it felfe, ftealingdofcly, oropcniy, any in Additdment.
thing they could lay hold on. Theyfhot at them in vaine, foaitiucwerc they in di- 9p''-'^''>(>i^-
uing vnder the water, and continuing there, as if they had beenc fitted alike to both Ele-
ffiencs. The women alfo J no Icfle then the meo. They are jbeaftly people, pollutiug

Ffff 5 thcmfelues



poo



of the Hands ad'toynin^ to America. C h a p ,13 .



" Certaine
fowlcs which
breed on the
Hands.



themfelues in promifcuous lufts , and branded ( many of them) with the markcs of theii'
intemperance ; thepockes hauing eaten their nofes and lippeJ . They arc brovvne.fat,
lone of fiaturc : the mengoc naked ; the women weare a leafe before themjfo that they
bearcfome refcmblancc to the Pi(5turesof ^^4«iand Ene . Their boatcs arc twenty
foote loBg , and but a foot and halfc broad, cunningly wrought . They arc extrcamely
greedy of yron, of which mettall the Hollanders caft fine pccces into the Sea, to trie
them ,and one of them fetcht them all oar.But left thefe Theeues rob vs of our intended
Deuotions,and our Reader of patience in longer flay herc,we will looke backe towards
thcStr3its,& fo compaffe the other fide of America, Many Hands wc may fee here ncarc
the fhore, all along as we paffc. But what fhould we trouble the Re adcr with names ? I
hau! fmall dcuotion to them, vnleffe I had fome intelligence of feme dcuotion in them ,
further then that wherein they agree with the Pcruuian rites , wherewith you were
laft tired.

In the Straits arc fome Hands of fmall quantitie, of fmaller dign'tie : and who would
nay there, where the Penguins * arc your befl Hofls ? the refl are Giants or Man-eating
Sauagcs : and in the next, out of the Straits.but Seales,who all can yecid but an inhofpi-
tallhorpitality. Neither hath prouidcnt Nature in all thofe coafisof Chica, orBrafil,
bceneprodigallof herlland-florc, forcfeeing that they would, either beevfupcdby
Scales and Sea-monfters, or other more vnnaturall and monflrous inhumane fljape, of
deuillifh inhumanity, from the Land. It feemes flic hath beene the more fparing in the
numbers, noblcncffe, or quantity of Hands in all thofe Seas, which we haue moft fwift-
ly furrow ed , that fiiee might in the great Bay more bountifully impart htr plenty, and
(hew her excellence in that kind. Thisis a grtat field, as it wfcre fowne w ich Ilands of all
forts J the Earth feemes a louing mother, which holds open her fpacious lap,and holdcs
outherftrctchedarmesbetweeneParia and Florida: tbeOceanalfo, asiealous of the
earths more naturall inheritance and claimc vnto them , feemes to negUtl his courfc to
the Southward, and here fe:s in with a violent current, alway forcing bis watery forces
to walke (or rather to runne and flic) thefe rounds, to fee that the Continent kecpe her
hand off, and not otice touch bis conquered pcflelTions; that though (like Z<««r<«/*«jfiic
fcemeth alwaies to bc'clofing her open hands,and mcuih vpon them ;yct are ti.ey kept
by this officious watchfulncffe ofthc Sca,that flie can ncucr incorporate and vnite them
to her felfe. Eafily can they vnfold this niyflery, that are acquainted vvith the fitc of the
Earth, '' and the fw iftnc net)f the Current in this vaU fpace of Earth and Sea , fetting in
at Paria,and after cut againc atFlorida, with admirable and incredible violence.

Tobegii) then at Paria : (for efOrenoque and his mouth-full oflflands, and of7r»-
nidAd, that hath efcapcd the Riuer , and betaken her felfe wholy to Nef tunes Loucs, we
haue already fpoken. ) Here two rowes and rankcs of Iflands make fhe w and mufler of
themfelues : the one extending Eaft and Weft, the other North and South. Ofthc for-
mer is Margarita, which (like many a Gallant , whofe backe robbeth his belly , whofc
bow els empty of nccrflaries, alw»y are croaking and cemplayning of fuperfluity in or-
nament and fafhion) fo hath fl^c zfVcr/d of Pearlcs to adornc her, but wanteth water to
fa:isfic her thirfi : florc of Pcarlcj ftie can communicate of her plenty ; water flic is fainc
to borrow of her neighbours.

The like we may iay'ot Cubagua her next ncighbour.that by her ftore of Pearlcs hath

won fuiters from our, and the American world, whom fhe can neither bid eat or drinkc

of her Land-hofpitality, where GrafTe and Water arc wanting. But as it vfually comes

to pafTe yyith theic Faftiion-mongers, which neglc6^ing ncceflarics, inuft at laft be neg-

le(^cd of their ornaments too :So this Ifland which fomctimes was fo ricb,nqtwithflan-

ding all her Peailes (he pawned for her diet, that the Kings ' fift amounted ordinarily to

fifteene thoufand Duckats a ycere , yet now feemes almoft beggercd , her Pearlc- fifties

andpcarle-fiftiers, moft of them gone, and now it is time for vs to be gone from her

too.

*©«/««;). of the YctLetvs heate this relitien of Wfr^ri* *bcforewegoe, ofan Earth-quake which

Indies. hapned there thelirft ofSeptcmbcr 1 530. which raifed the Sea foure fadcme,ouerthtevv

the Fortrcffc , opened the earth in many places, whence ifTucd much fait- water as

blacke as Inke , ftinking of Biimftonc . The Mountaineof Cariaco remayned open.

*. Msnv



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C H A p. 15 • America. The ninth 'Booke. 9 o I

Many dyed offcarc andfome were drowned. Captainc fVilttam Tarkjrzthoii-
iand fix hiindreci and one, hauing taken Tutrte Bella, and (JMtUndes the Gouernourj
landed in fJMargarita and rccciiied fiue hundred pound in peaileforranfome of prifo-
ncrs : tooke a (Tiip which came from Angola with three hundred and fcuentie Negros,
C>«j<fiJ«lmh written in his nintccnth booke ofthe Hand of C/»^4^«rf. It hath notrees
and but little grafle. There is a Fountaine on the Eaft part thereof, neere the Se3,which
caftcth forth a bituminous fubflancelikcOyle, which is laid to be profitable for medi-
cine, and may be found two or three Leagues floting in the Sea.

Little bufinefle, can we finde any further, in following that Wefterne ranke, Or-
chilia, Oruba, and the reft, and therefore will looke Northwards, to that other ranke
wee fpake of: wheteleauing Tobago on the right hand, wee fee before vs Grariata,
Saint Z/incent, Saint Lficia, Domintca;znd then circling to the North-weft,D(f/r<^(rr<j/^.
Saint ChriJIophtr, Holj C^ojfe, and others, whofc names, without other matter of Hi-
floric, would be but tedious to the Reader. Thefe, and a multitude of others Ynmen'
tioned, arc called the Hands of the C4r/^«, or Canibals. The inhabitants »cate mans APMarl,
mansflefli, and paffc to other Hands with their Boates to the hunting of Men , as o- vec.i.l-6,
thcr Hunters doe forBeafts.C<?r«/Jfignificihftranger; forfo the more innocent Indians
cfteemethem.

Ac home they onely couer their priuities , but in time of warrc they vfe ma-
ny ornaments. They are nimble , beardlefle (vfing little Pincers to pull out the
haircs) flioot poy foncd Arrowcs, bore holes in their cares and nofihrils for elcgancic,
which the richer fort deckc with gold,the poorer with fhels.From the tenth or twelfth
yeareoftheir age they carrieleaues , tothe quantitieof Nuts, all the dayineyther
chceke, which they take not out, but when they rccciue meateor drinkc. With that
medicine they make their teeth blacke: they call other men, iVomen , for their white
teeth, and Eisjis foi their haiie. Their teeth coniinuc to the end of their liues without
achorrottenneffe.

When the men went on man-hunting (which they did fometimcsin long and farrc
expeditions) the Women manfully defended the Coaft againft their Enemies: and
hence it is in /kf<»r/;r/b judgement, that the Spaniards tell of Hands inhabited oniy hP.M^rt.
with women : which may be ' the true interpretation , happily , of I know not how D«.3./.j.
many places in America, befides thofeof Afia and AfSca , reported Amazonian. cPakphatm
Pontius d would warre vpon the Canibals , but on the Hand of Gtiadalupca, his /f^^ '•' • ^^"'^
women were taken, his men flaine, himfelfe forced to depart from that both place and [^^^^ ThTacian
cnterprife.Co/«w/;«ir inhis fecondVoiage landed on this Hand, where hce faw their men.clofe ftia-
roundhoufes.harging. beds of Cotton, and certaine Images which hee had thought uen.inlong
hadbeene their Gods: but by interpreters after learned, that they were but for or- garments, and
nament.andthatthcy worfliippednothingbuttheSunne andMoone, althoughthey '""^f^°'<='*''
make certaine Images of Cotcon, to the fimihtudes of fuch phantafies as (they laid)3p- tut denieth
pcared to them in the night. They found Earthen veflels, like ours, alio in their Kit- that there, was
chins^ Mans flcfli,Duckes flcfli, and Goofe flefli, all in one pot,3nd other on the ipits, ''"^i' =>"/ ^u' •»
readie toB^laicd to the fire. Enrring into their inner lodgings, they found faggots of ^•'"^^"n'ln
the bones of mens armes and legges, which they referue tomakehcadesfor their Ar- as^H^ft'"""'
rowes. They found in their Villages oneflall, or Pallacc, to which they aflemble, as fpeakeof.
to their Theatre.or Playing place. dP M.Dcc.ul.i.

The Inhabitants at the fight of the Spaniards were fled.In their houfes they found s- Ouied.gtbi^J.}.
bout thirtie children Captiucs , which were referucd to be eaten, but they tooke them
for their Interpreters . Here they had Parrots bigger then Phefants, with backs.bieafts
and bellies of Purple colour. They vfed to prey on Hiffaniela, and S^ lehns Ilands,x)r
BttricjHen: and ifthefe, in their warres with the Canibals.tooke anyof them,theywerc
furc to goe to pot (cuen in the firft fenfe and to be eaten, Maftcr Peercy faith in Gua-
<<k/«^4 they found a bath fo bote , that itboylcd them a pcece ofporke in halfcan
houre. In Meats alfo they found a bath like ours in England. In Mona they killed two
wildeBoares, andfawawilde Bull which was an ell betwecnc the homes. Three
Leagnes from thence in ^««ft(4 where the Fowlcs flew ousr themajthickcashaile,

and



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Of the Hands adioynin^ to America . Ch ap. 1 2 ,



M.H.CbiltH'f,



aNtiu.M.Iehit



bS-RHa»{im,



c The like Sca-
bavvking isbe-
tvreene die
£ying fifh
(wliich hath as
it were Bancs
winges) & the
bird Alcatraz,
and the Boni-
to , the one in
the aire, the o-
therintheSea
purfuing him.



dOrangcs,Li.
mons, and the
like arc excel-
lent remedies
to this difeafe.



and made them deafc.with their noy fe : they cannot fee foot on the ground but fliall
tread on Fowles or Egges, wherewith they laded two Boates in three houres. Maftcr
ChMenge fayth that in thefeucn v^wfi/fJofSaintr/wcewf, Granado, Lucia^ Matalina,
Domintca, guadalMpa,7Lnd Ay fey, are not aboue one thouTand Indians. They brought
away a Frier named Blafcw which had beene fixeteene moncthcs flaue in Do-
?w/«/c4 , whom they faued, his fellowej being flaine, bccaufc he taught themtomakc
Saylcs.

A httle before MaflerHfSwi^w was there, in theyearei 564. » aSpanifli Caraucll
cbmming to water at Domimca, one of the Caniball Hands , the Sauagcs cut her Cable
in the night, and lo flie draue on fhore, and all her companie was furprifed and eaten
by them.

Mafter (jeorge Peercy relatcth of thefc Dominicans (which they vifited in their
Virginia Voyage) that they paint themfelues to keep of the (Jilus^tM-.ihii they wcare
the haire of their heads a yard long, platted in three plaits , fuffer none on their faces,
cut their skinnes in diuers workes or cmbroderies : they eat their enemies ; lap fpittie
fpit into their mouthes like doggcs ; worfhip the Dcuill; poy fon their Arro wcs . When
they were here they had fight of the chiefe game which Nature yeeldeth , the fii.ht of
the Whale with the Sword-fifh and Threffer, wltich killed him in two houres fioht.
TheSword-fifh is not'' great but flrong-made:hisf\vordgrowcth vpright cutofhis
ncckCjlikeabonefoure or fine inches broad and aboue a yard long rfomctimcs they
are greater) with prickles on both fides.

The Threffer hath a broade and thicke tailc. Both thefc hold a na turall confpiracic
againfl this Giant of Nature, the one on the top ' of the water thrcfliing him vpcn the
head with violent blowes, that found as a peece of Ordnance , and may bee heard two
leagues; forcing him to hide his head in his Mothers lappe , which yet betrsycth him
there to thcS word-fifh who is rcadic to rcceiue him on his naturall blade, and (hineth
the Sea with his bloud The Whale hath no remedie, but with bellowing groncs heard
further then the Thrcfhers blowes, to fecke to the Hiore , and their embayed to make
his part good without danger of an vndcrminer .■ other wife bccomming pray to thefc
his aduerfaries. Thus we fee greatneffe not alway exempt from dangers, yea perifliing
by fine force of weaker enemies. This our Authour (for we cannot pafle from Hand to
Hand but by Sea, and may notbc wholy idle by the way) tellcth that betwixt the Tro-
pikesthey were attended continually with three kinds of fifhes, Dolphins, Bonitos,
and Sharkes, the firft like to the Rain-bowe, his head differing from other fiflies being
halfe a fpanne ftraight vp ercded from his mouth, the grcateft foure foot long : a fcolc
of thefc followed them neerc one thoufand Leagues knowne to bee the fame by fome
hurts wherewith they had marked them.

The Bonitos are like Mackerils , but greater, fomeasbiggeas aman could lift.
TheSharkeshaue their mouths vnder their bellies, that they cannot bite theirprey
without a halfe turnc with the helpe of his tailc.Thefe arc the moft rauenous and feme
hold, ominous : they haue found in their bellies, Hattes, Cappes, Shooes, Rop^es ends,
and whatfoeuer hanged by the Shippcs fides : they hanc thirteene rowef of teeth;
They fpawne not, but whelp , like the Doggc, or Wolfe.andatnight ortowardes
ftormes , rcceiue theiryoung into their mo»tlies for fafctic.I haue feene them (fayth
Sir Richard) goc in and out bemg aboue a foot and halfe long.Littic fifhes, alway ac-
companic them and fecde on the fcraps : they arc lefle then a P.ilchard, ftreaked blackc
and white (as in coloured Liucries ) keeping on the head, finnes and backc of the

other.

.Another obferuation of this cHt Authoyri^the Scuiuie or Scorbute ^ whereunto
they are much fubiecA in Nauigations necre the Line; the caufe hec afcribcth, the
weakncfle.of the ftomackcin immoderate heat; faltmeatcs, fpeciallyFifli , Calmcs
and the Sea-water which could not but infeft the World, ificwerenot otherwifcaf.
feded and mooued with Windes , Tides, and Currents: an inftance whereof hec
ftewethintheQucencsNauic in the ycareof our Lord one thoufand fiue hundred
foure fcorc andtcnnc at the Jferes many moncthcs be calme , the Sea thereby being

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replenifhed with fcuerall forts of gellies and formes of Serpents, Adders, and Snakes
Greene,YcIIow,Rlackc, White, and fomepartie-coloured, whereof many had Jifc,
beinga yardandhalfe, ortwo yardcs long. And they could hardly dravvaBucket
of Water, cieare of fome corruption withall. In tvvcntic yeares wherein hce vfcd the
Sea , hee could g'uc account of two thoufandconfumed with this difeafe.

InthisVoyagethcy were forced for want of frefh Water to diflijl Sea water, which
they found wholefomcand nourifhing. I might follow our Au hour in his obferua-
tion > of thefe Seas, (which hce fayth, vndcr the Line, is bcft to crofle in laiiuaric Fe-
bruarie and March) and of the Hands of Cape Verde » (clfewhere by vs obfcrued)
being in the height ofchefc Hands where now we are difccucring : which he fayth, are Puco h "°'
the moftvnwholfome in the World , and had halfehis people on this Coaft (icke of lalth are fcenc
fhaking,burning,frcnz:c-feuers:a mancanfcarfly goeon the earth , thouoh well lo.leaguesin
fhodde, when the Sunne fhincth: and the Beerzc which in the afccmoone cooles ''^^"'S^^*
them from the North-eaft, pcirccth them alfo with fuddcn cold; fo that the Inhabi-
tants goe thicke clothed with Cappcs and Kicrchers befidcs their Hats, their Suites of
thickc cloth, andGowncs well lined orfurrcd to preuent danger: Sleeping in the
open Ayrc, or in the Moone-fhine, is there very vnholfomc: The Moone fhinin'' on
his fhoulder on the Coaft of Guinee left him with fuch paine, that for twentie houres
fpacc hee was like to runne madde. But what Moonc-lliine hath made mee Lunatikc
torunncfromrhcfe American Hands , to thofe and the Coaft, of Africa ? Patience
Reader and I will bring thee backe in a frefher purfuit.

In Dominica (where we were laft on fliore) it is related by one which wrote the
Earleof Cumberland his voyage to Port Rico, thatiheyhaue their fcuerall houfes
toother vfespriuate, buthaueacommon Hall orDyet forto eatin together, as Ly-



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