The expression of the author seems here ambiguous.
He probably means
towns or collections of huts as containing such large numbers; and it
is hard to say whether he meant to say that these eight populous
habitations had 10,000 each, or altogether.—E.
 The expression of the original serpens,
here translated serpent, had
been better expressed, perhaps, by the fabulous term dragon.
The animal in question was probably the lacerto iguana, or it may
have been a young alligator.—E.
 This is a most singularly mistaken account of
the situation of the
coast of Paria, now Cumana or the Spanish main; which, beginning on
the east at the island of Trinidad, about lat. 10 deg. N. joins Carthagena
in the west about the same latitude, and never reaches above 12 deg. N.
Were it not that the author immediately afterwards distinctly names
the coast of Paria, the latitude of the text would lead us to suppose
that he had been exploring the northern coast of Cuba.—E.
 Even supposing Americus to have coasted along
the whole northern
shore of South America, from Trinidad to Costa-rica, the distance does
not exceed twenty-three degrees of longitude, and the coast of Paria
or Cumana is scarce 15 degrees. The number of leagues, therefore, in
the text is greatly exaggerated, unless we suppose them only to have
been Italian miles.—E.
 The relation of this voyage is so exceedingly
vague that we have no
means of determining any of the places which were touched at. From the
resemblance of the name in the text to Haiti, or Aiti, this island may
possibly have been Hispaniola.—E.
 The author affects classical names for modern
fire-arms, naming what
we have translated hand-guns balistae colubrinae. Cannon are
sometimes called tormenta bellica, and at other times machina
The Second Voyage of Americas Vespucius.
We set sail from Cadiz on our second voyage on the 11th of May 1499, taking our course past the Cape Verds and Canaries for the island of Ignis, where we took in a supply of wood and water: Whence continuing our voyage with a south-west wind for nineteen days, we reached a certain undiscovered land, which we believed to be the continent, over against that which we had explored in our former voyage, and which is situated in the torrid zone upon the southern side of the equator, and in 5 deg. of south latitude, being 500 leagues from the before-mentioned islands, to the south-west. In this country we found the days and nights to be equal on the 27th of June, when the sun was in the tropic of cancer. We found this country inundated and pervaded by large rivers,