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

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took such necessaries as they wanted from the fishermen, as also one of their barks or canters of 40 tons, leaving behind a small bark of their own, called the Benedict.  Leaving this place on the 22d January, they were told by the master of the Portuguese caravel, which they carried along with them, that abundance of dried cabritos or goats might be procured at Mayo, one of the Cape Verd islands, which were yearly prepared there for the ships belonging to the king of Spain.

They arrived at Mayo on the 27th January, but the inhabitants refused to trade with them, being expressly forbidden to have any intercourse with foreigners, by orders from their sovereign.  Next day, however, the admiral sent a company of 72 armed men on shore under the command of Mr Winter and Mr Doughty, to take a view of the island, and to see if any refreshments could be procured.  They marched accordingly to the chief place of the island; and, after travelling three days through the mountains, they arrived there before day-break on the fourth day.  The inhabitants were all fled, but this part of the island seemed more fertile and better cultivated than any of the rest.  They rested here some time, banqueting on delicious grapes, which they found in perfection at that season of the year, though the depth of winter in England.  Mayo abounds with goats, wild poultry, and salt; this last being formed in great quantities among the rocks, by the heat of the sun; so that the natives have only the trouble of gathering it into heaps, and sell it to their neighbours, from which they derive great profit.  They found here cocoa-nut trees, which have no branches or leaves but at the top of the tree, where the fruit grows in clusters.  They then marched farther into the island, where they saw great numbers of goats, but could not get any.  They might have furnished themselves with some dried carcasses of old goats, which the natives laid purposely in their way; but not caring for the refuse of the island, they returned to the ships.

Leaving Mayo on the 31st of January, they sailed past the island of St Jago, whence three pieces of cannon were fired at them, but without doing any injury.  This is a large fine island, inhabited by the Portuguese; but the mountains are said to be still occupied by Moors, who fled thither to deliver themselves from slavery, and have fortified themselves in places of difficult access.  Near this island they saw two ships under sail, one of which they took, and it turned out a valuable prize, being laden with wine.  The admiral detained this ship, which he committed to the charge of Mr Doughty, and took the Portuguese pilot, named Nuno da Silva into his service, sending the rest away in his pinnace, giving them some provisions, a butt of wine, and their apparel.  That same night they came to the island of Fuego, or the burning island.  It is inhabited by Portuguese, having a volcano on its northern side, which is continually

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