Oviedo insists that the Spaniards had the entire dominion of these islands, which he was pleased to consider as the same with our West Indies. He grounds this opinion on what is said by Statius and Sebosus, that certain islands called Hesperides lay forty days sail west from the Gorgonian islands on the coast of Africa. Hence he argued, that these islands must necessarily be the West Indies, and were called Hesperides from Hesperes king of Spain, who consequently with the Spaniards his subjects were lords of these islands. But I am quite tired of this dispute, and shall now proceed to the history of the admirals discovery.
 In his reasoning, by some error which cannot be
now corrected, a
twenty-fourth part, or one hour, is omitted.—E.
 Paul here evidently speaks of the empire of China,
and the port here
named Zacton or Zaiton, may be that now called Canton, although spice
certainly is not the produce of that country.—E.
 Cathay seems here to denote northern China.—E.
 This is obviously the Quinsay of Marco Polo.—E.
 Mangi or southern China.—E.
 The island Antilia, the name of which has been
since adopted by the
French for the smaller West India islands, was, like the more modern
Terra Australia incognita, a gratuitous supposition for preserving the
balance of the earth, before the actual discovery of America. Cipango
was the name by which Japan was then known in Europe, from the
relations of Marco Polo.—E.
 Such appeared to the early travellers the richly
gilt and lackered
tile used in Japan and other parts of India.—E.
 This report must have proceeded from some very
erroneous account of
Iceland, as it is the only place in the northern part of the Atlantic
which contains a volcano.—E.
 Don Ferdinand, or his translator, has forgot here
that, in the extract
from Ferrarius, beyond the straits, and in the Atlantic, are the
distinctly expressed situation of the island.—E.
 There is a good deal more in the original, totally
the reader, in the same querulous strain of invective against Oviedo,
but which is here abridged as conveying no information.—E.
 Our author falls into a mistake in this chapter,
supposing the Azores
to have been the Cassiterides of the ancients, well known to have been
the Scilly islands.—E.
The Admiral, being disgusted by the procedure of the King of Portugal, in regard to the proposed Discovery, offers his services to the Court of Spain.