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A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 02 eBook

Robert Kerr (writer)
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[3] This date ought to have been 1413.—­Astl.

[4] Barbot says eight leagues; other authors say more, and some less.  It
    is about twelve leagues to the north-east of Madeira.—­Astl.

[5] When Sir Amias Preston took this island in 1595, it abounded in corn,
    wine, and oil, and had good store of sheep, asses, goats, and kine. 
    There was also plenty of fowl, fish, and fruits.—­Astl.

[6] From this account it seems to be an inspissated juice.—­Astley.  This
    tree has probably received its name from the bark being like the
    scales of a serpent.  About the full of the moon it exudes a vermilion
    coloured gum.  That which grows on the islands and coasts of Africa is
    more astringent than what comes from Goa.  It is found on high rocky
    land.  Bartholomew Stibbs met with it on the banks of the Gambia river,
    and describes it under the name of Par de Sangoe, or blood-wood tree. 
    The gum is a red, inodorous, and insipid resin, soluble in alcohol and
    oils; and when dissolved by the former, is used for staining marble. 
    —­Clarke.

[7] The woods of Madeira are cedar, vigniatico, laurus Indicus, which has
    a considerable resemblance to mahogany, barbuzano, chesnut, and the
    beautiful mirmulano, and paobranco.—­Clark.

[8] This measure is said to weigh about thirty-three English pounds, so
    that the quantity mentioned in the text amounts to 1850 quarters
    English measure.—­Astl.

[9] I suppose he means at one crop.  The quantity in the text, reduced to
    avoirdupois weight, amounts to twenty-eight hogsheads, at sixteen
    hundred weight each.—­Astl.

[10] In Clarke, this person is named Ferrero; perhaps the right name of
    this person was Fernando Pereira, who subdued Gomera and Ferro.—­E.

[11] A species of moss, or lichen rather, that grows on the rocks, and is
    used by dyers.—­Clarke.

[12] Other authors call the natives of the Canaries Guanchos.—­E.

SECTION II.

Continuation of the Voyage by Cape Branco, the Coast of Barbary, and the Fortia of Arguin; with some account of the Arabs, the Azanaghi, and the Country of Tegazza.

Leaving the Canaries, we pursued our course towards Ethiopia, and arrived in a few days at Cape Branco, which is about 870 miles from these islands.  In this passage, steering south, we kept at a great distance from the African shore on our left, as the Canaries are, far-advanced into the sea towards the west.  We stood almost directly south for two-thirds of the way between the islands and the Cape, after which we changed our course somewhat more towards the east, or left-hand, that we might fall in with the land, lest we should have overpassed the Cape without seeing it because no land appears afterwards so far

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