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[82] This strange expression is quite inexplicable, and must have been
    misunderstood by Hakluyt.—­E.

[83] Probably Morty, of our present maps.—­E.

[84] Chron. del Peru, c. ix, xx.

[85] Ramus.  III. 356.

[86] This obviously refers to an inaccurate description of the Babyroussa. 

[87] Gomar.  H. G. II. lxiv.  Ramus.  III. 329.

[88] Gomar.  H. G. VI. xvii.

[89] In this paragraph we have very vague indications of humming birds,
    rattlesnakes, and of the animal now called Pecari.—­E.

[90] Gomar.  H. G. V. xxxv. and Chron. del Peru, c. 103.

[91] The word Brazil in the text obviously includes the whole flat country
    to the east of the Andes, Guiana, Brazil, Paraguay, Buenos Ayres, and

[92] This idea, ever since the time of Lord Monboddo, has been renewed,
    and occupies the attention of the explorers of Africa; links may exist,
    in creation, with which we are yet unacquainted.—­Clarke.

The fancy of tailed men has probably arisen from inattentive observers, seeing people clothed in the skins of beasts, with the tails hanging down.  The natives of New South Wales wear tails in imitation of the Kangaroo:  Yet, having been closely observed, are not described as tailed men—­E.

[93] This word ought to have been Pacos.  Of these animals, with the
    Llamas and Vicugnas, different species of the camel genus, a more
    extended account will occur, when we come to the particular travels in

[94] It will be seen afterwards, in the account of the West India Islands,
    and the Continent of Guiana, that there are many warlike tribes of
    Caribs, or Caraibs, constantly engaged in predatory warfare; whose
    women, when their husbands are absent in search of prisoners for
    food, take arms for the protection of themselves and children;
    whence they have been reported as nations of female warriors, or

[95] Gomar.  H.G.V. xxxvi.

[96] The true latitudes of the places mentioned in the text are, Suakim,
    19 30’, Massoua, 15 20’, Cossier, 26 deg. 16’, Judda, 21 20’, Suez, 30 deg.. 

[97] The latitude of 30 deg.  N. would lead to the idea of Sonora being the
    district, or province, indicated in the text by Sibola; Cinaloa is
    only in 26 deg.  N. yet, from the context, appears to be the country
    intended by Galvano—­E.

[98] The idea that a dog, even able to bear a load of fifty pounds, should
    carry a woman, is truly absurd.  If there be any truth in the story,
    the dogs must have performed the services in the text by drawing
    sledges; yet nothing of the kind has hitherto been found in North
    America, though common in North-east Asia.—­E.

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