A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 10 eBook

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On the 19th July, Edward Davis, quarter-master of the Revenge, was elected captain, in the room of Captain Cooke.  They sailed next day from Cape Blanco towards Realejo, with a moderate breeze at N. which brought them in three days over against that port, in lat. 12 deg. 26’ N. This place is easily discovered from sea, by means of a high-peaked burning mountain about ten miles inland, called by the Spaniards Volcano vejo, or the old volcano, which is so high that it may be seen twenty leagues out at sea, besides which there is no other similar mountain on all that coast.  To make this harbour, the mountain must bear N.E. and keeping this coarse will bring a ship directly into the harbour, the entrance of which may be seen at three leagues off.  This harbour is inclosed by a low isle, a mile in length, a quarter of a mile broad, and a mile and a half from the main land.  It has a channel or entrance at each end of the island, that on the east, being narrow and having a strong tide, is seldom used, but that on the west is much larger and more commodious.  In taking this entry, however, ships must beware of a certain sandy shoal on the N.W. point of the isle, and when past this must keep close to the isle, as a sand-bank runs half way over from the continental shore.  This port is able to contain 200 ships.

About two leagues from the port, the town of Realejo stands in a fenny country, full of red mangrove trees, between two arms of the sea, the westermost of which reaches up to the town, and the eastermost comes near it, but no shipping can get so far up.[156] On entering the bay in their canoes, they found the country apprized of their approach, and fully prepared for their reception, wherefore the enterprise against Realejo was laid aside.  Pursuant to a consultation between the two commanders, Eaton and Davis, they sailed on the 27th July for the gulf of Amapalla or Fonseca.

[Footnote 156:  The account in the text appears applicable to what is now called El Viejo, or the old town, nearly 12 miles from the port, but modern Realejo stands almost close to the entrance of the bay or harbour.—­E.]

This is a large gulf or branch of the sea, running eight or ten leagues into the country, and nearly of the same breadth.  The S.E. extreme point is called Cape Casurina, or Casiquina, in lat. 12 deg. 53’ N. and long. 87 deg. 36’ W. and the N.W. point is Cape Candadillo, in lat. 18 deg. 6’ N. and long. 87 deg. 57’ W. Within this bay are several islands, the principal of these being named Mangeru and Amapaila.  Mangera is a high round island, two leagues in circuit, inclosed on all sides by rocks, except on its N.E. side, where there is a small sandy creek.  The soil is black and shallow, full of stones, and produces very lofty trees.  It has a small town or village in the middle inhabited by Indians, and a handsome Spanish church.  The inhabitants cultivate a small quantity of maize and plantains, having also a few

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