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[1] The eastern point of Cuba, in Lat. 20 deg. 22’ N. Long. 74 deg. 3’ W. is now
    named Cape Maize.—­E.

[2] Now called Cumberland Bay.—­E.

[3] At 17-1/2 leagues to the degree, the distance between the Isle of
    Pines and Isabella is only 192 leagues:  Or even counting twenty to the
    degree, only 220 marine leagues.—­E.

[4] We are to suppose Columbus was now at the east end of the Isle of
    Pines, from whence Cape St Antonia, the western point of Cuba, is
    about 52 Spanish leagues.—­E.

[5] The numbers in the translation of Herrera are inextricably corrupt,
    and quite irreconcileable with each other, or with truth.—­E.

[6] Cadiz is in Long. 6 deg. 18’ W. from Greenwich, the east end of the Isle
    of Pines 82 deg.  W. Hence the difference of longitude is 75 deg. 42’ W. very
    near the same as in the text.—­E.

[7] The text, or its original translation, is here obscure; but Columbus
    appears not to have been aware that this island, to which he gave the
    name of St Jago was the same which he had before visited as Jamaica. 
    The extent in the text is exceedingly erroneous, as the length of
    Jamaica is only thirty-five Spanish leagues, and its greatest breadth
    thirteen leagues.—­E.

[8] From the sequel it would appear that this Cape Ferol belonged to
    Jamaica, and is probably that now called North-East Cape—­E.

[9] The distance from Cape North-East in Jamaica, to Cape Tiberoon in
    Hispaniola is thirty-three Spanish leagues.—­E.

[10] Beata is the most southern point of Hispaniola, directly to the west
    of Juliana Bay; and Alto Vela does not exceed 3-1/2 leagues from that

[11] Near the eastern end of the south side of Hispaniola, there is a
    small island called Santa Catalina, near which a considerable extent
    of the main island is called the Plains.—­E.

[12] This would give a difference of 80 deg. 45’, and would place Saona in 87 deg.
    3’ W. But it is only in 68 deg. 30’ W. leaving an error in the text of 19 deg.
    30’ or an hour and eighteen minutes in time.—­E.

[13] Now called Cape Engano.—­E.


Summary of Occurrences in Hispaniola, to the return of Columbus into Spain from his second Voyage.

During the absence of Columbus from the colony, Don Peter Margarite, whom he had left with the command of the troops, instead of employing them prudently to keep the natives in awe, as he had been directed by the admiral, quartered them among the towns in the Royal Plain, where they lived at free quarters, to the utter ruin of the Indians, one of them eating more in a day than would suffice an Indian for a month.  They besides lived in a most disorderly manner, devoid

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