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

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W.N.W. from this island 25 leagues, they came to Puloan, a fruitful island in lat. 9 deg. 20’ N. and 179 deg. 20’ of longitude W. from their first departure.[14] This island yields much the same productions as Chippit, together with large figs, battatos, cocoa-nuts, and sugar-canes; and they make a kind of wine of rice, which is very intoxicating, yet better than palm-wine.  The natives go entirely naked, use poisoned arrows, and are greatly addicted to cock-fighting.

[Footnote 13:  Bohal is one of the Philippine islands, in lat. 10 deg.  N. and long. 123 deg. 50’ E. from Greenwich.  Paviloghon and Chippit must accordingly refer to some islands of the same group farther west.—­E.]

[Footnote 14:  Pulcan, Pulowan, or Paragua, the westermost of the Philippines, an island of considerable extent, in lat. 10 deg.  N. and long. 119 deg.  E. from Greenwich.  From the direction of the voyage, the great island of Chaghaian of the text, was probably that now called Magindano.—­E.]

They came next to the great and rich island of Borneo, in lat. 5 deg. 5’ N. the chief city containing not less than 25,000 houses.  The king was a Mahometan of great power, keeping a magnificent court; and was always attended by a numerous guard.  He sent several presents to the Spanish captains, and made two elephants be led out with rich silk trappings, to bring the Spanish messengers and presents to his palace.  He has ten secretaries of state, who write every thing concerning his affairs on the bark of trees.  His household is managed by women, who are the daughters of his principal courtiers.  This country affords camphor, which is the gum of a tree called Capar; as also cinnamon, ginger, myrabolans, oranges, lemons, sugar, cucumbers, melons, and other fruits, with abundance of beasts and birds, and all other products of the equinoctial climate.  The natives continually chew betel and areka, and drink arrack.

Leaving Borneo, they went to the island of Cimbubon, in, lat. 8 deg. 7’ N.[15] where they remained forty days, caulking and repairing their ships, and taking in a supply of fresh water.  In the woods of this isle they found a tree, the leaves of which, when they fall to the ground, move from place to place as if alive.  They resemble the leaves of the mulberry, having certain fibres produced from their sides resembling legs, and suddenly spring away when touched.  Pigafetta, the author of this relation, kept one of these leaf-animals in a dish for eight days.[16] This isle produces ostriches, wild hogs, and crocodiles.  They caught here a fish having a head like a sow, with two horns, its body consisting of one entire bone, and having a substance on its back resembling a saddle.

[Footnote 15:  Perhaps Balambangan, in 8 deg. 20’ N.]

[Footnote 16:  Harris observes, that this account is quite incredible:  Yet it is certainly true that an insect of this description exists, though not the leaf of a tree, as erroneously supposed by Pigafetta.—­E.]

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