A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 09 eBook

Robert Kerr (writer)
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The bay of Saldhana, and all about the Cape of Good Hope, is healthful, and so fruitful that it might well be accounted a terrestrial paradise.  It agrees well with our English constitutions; for, though we had ninety or an hundred sick when we got there, they were all as well in twenty days as when we left England, except one.  It was then June, and we had snow on the hills, though the weather below was warmish.  The country is mixed, consisting of mountains, plains, meadows, streams, and woods which seem as if artificially planted on purpose, they are so orderly; and it has abundance of free-stone for building.  It has also plenty of fish and wild-fowl, as geese, ducks, and partridges, with antelopes, deer, and other animals.  The people were very loving, though at first afraid of us, because the Dutch, who resort hither to make train-oil, had used them unkindly, having stolen and killed their cattle; but afterwards, and especially on our return, they were more frank and kind.  They are of middle size, well limbed, nimble and active; and are fond of dancing, which they do in just measure, but entirely naked.  Their dress consists of a cloak of sheep or seals-skin to their middle, the hair side inwards, with a cap of the same, and a small skin like that of a rat hanging before their privities.  Some had a sole, or kind of sandal, tied to their feet.  Their necks were adorned with greasy tripes, which they would sometimes pull off and eat raw; and when we threw away the guts of beasts and sheep we bought from them, they would eat them half raw and all bloody, in a most beastly and disgusting manner.  They had bracelets about their arms of copper or ivory, and were decorated with many ostrich feathers and shells.  The women were habited like the men, and were at first very shy; but when here on our return voyage, they became quite familiar, even lifting their rat-skins:  But they are very loathsome objects, their breasts hanging down to their waists.  The hair both of the men and women is short and frizzled.  With these people copper serves as gold, and iron for silver.  Their dwellings are small tents, removable, at pleasure; and their language is full of a strange clicking sound, made by doubling their tongues in their throats.  There is a high hill, called the Table Mountain, which covers all the adjoining territory for an hundred miles.  The natives, who are quite black, behaved to us very peaceably, but seemed to have no religion, yet their skins were slashed or cut, like the priests of Baal; and one seemed to act as chief, as he settled the prices for the whole.  Some of our people went a considerable way into the country, and discovered many bays and rivers.

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