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[19] Strab.  I. 1. p. 26.

[20] Kings, I. 9.  Chron.  II. 8.

[21] Herodot.  I. 4.

[22] Arist. de Mirand.

[23] Gonz.  Fern.  Ovied.  I. 2. c. 3.

[24] Plin.  I. 9. c. 58. de Maribus Nili.

[25] Joan.  Leo Afric.  I. 9. de Nilo.—­Our author has got into a strange
    dilemma, by confounding crocodiles and serpents under one denomination. 

[26] Plin. and Leo, ub. cit.

[27] Plin.  I. 2. c. 67.

[28] Plin.  I. 6. c. 31.  This subject will be discussed in the Fifth Part
    of our work; being much too extensive to admit of elucidation in a

[29] Hasty readers will have the justice to give the honour of this story
    to Galvano.—­E.

[30] This story will be found hereafter very differently related by Cada
    Mosto himself, but with a sufficient spice of the marvellous.—­E.

[31] The Honey-guide, or Cuculus Indicator, will be noticed more
    particularly in the Travels through the Colony of the Cape.—­E.

[32] The Philosophers of the nineteenth century have fortunately
    rediscovered the Mermaid in the north of Scotland!  Hitherto,
    wonderful things used to be confined to barbarous regions and ignorant

[33] Arist. de Mirand.  Strabo, I. 2. p. 68.

[34] Plin.  I. 6. c. 29.

[35] Strabo, I. 17. p. 560, 561.

[36] Strab.  I. 17. p. 549.

[37] Plin.  I. 6. c. 23.

[38] Id.  I. 12. c. 18.

[39] Id.  I. 2. c. 67.

[40] Ziphilin. in vit.  Traj.

[41] Ramusio, V. f. 372. p. 2

[42] Strabo, I. 11.

[43] Plin.  I. 6. c. 11.

[44] Newfoundland?

[45] Jidda.

[46] Leo Afric.  Ramus. v. 1. f. 373.


Summary of Portuguese Discoveries, from the Commencement of the Fifteenth Century, to the Discovery of America by Columbus[1].

According to the chronicles of Portugal, John I. went from Lisbon in 1415, attended by his sons Don Duarte, or Edward, Don Peter, and Don Henry, and other lords and nobles of his realm, into Africa, where he took the great city of Ceuta, which was one of the principal causes of extending the dominions of Portugal.  After their return, Don Henry, the king’s third[2] son, being then in Algarve, and desirous to enlarge the kingdom by the discovery of unknown regions, gave directions for discovering the coast of Mauritania; for in those days none of the Portuguese had ever gone beyond Cape Non, in lat. 29 deg..  N.[3].  For the better accomplishment of this purpose, Don Henry prepared a fleet, and commanded the officers whom he employed to proceed in making discoveries to the south of that cape, which they did; but when they came to another cape, named Bajador, none of them dared for a long time to go beyond it, at which cowardice the prince was much displeased.

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