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

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We anchored at the bar of Santos in the evening of the 15th, and went immediately in our boats to the town.  Next morning about nine o’clock, we reached Santos, and being discovered, we immediately landed, being only twenty-four of us, our long-boat being still far astern.  By this promptitude, we took all the people of the town prisoners in the church, being at mass, and detained them there all day.  The great object of Sir Thomas Candish in assaulting this town was to supply our wants, expecting to have got every thing of which we stood in need, when once in possession:  But such was the negligence of Mr Cocke, who commanded on this occasion, that the Indians were allowed to carry every thing out of the town in open view, and no one hindered them; and next day, our prisoners were all set free, only four poor old men being kept as pledges to supply our wants.  By this mismanagement, the town of Santos, which could easily have supplied a fleet the double of ours with all kinds of necessaries, was in three days left to us entirely naked, without people, and without provisions.  Sir Thomas Candish came up eight or ten days afterwards, and remained till the 22d January, 1592, endeavouring by treaty to procure what we were once possessed of, but to little purpose; and we were then forced to depart, through want of provisions, glad to procure a few baskets of cassavi meal, going away worse provided than we had come there.  We accordingly left Santos on the 22d January, and burnt the town of St Vincent to the ground.

We set sail on the 24th, shaping our course for the Straits of Magellan.  On the 7th February we had a violent storm, and on the 8th, our fleet was separated by the fury of the tempest.  Consulting with the master of our ship, our captain concluded to go for Port Desire, in the latitude of 48 deg.  S. hoping that Sir Thomas would go there likewise, as he had found great relief there in his former voyage.  Our captain had not been able to get directions, what course to take in such a contingency as had now occurred, though he had earnestly proposed such a measure.  In our way, we fortunately fell in with the Roebuck, which had been in extreme danger, and had lost her boat.  We arrived together at Port Desire on the 6th March.  The Black pinnace came in there also on the 16th; but the Dainty came not, having gone back for England, leaving their captain, Mr Randolph Cotton, aboard the Roebuck, with nothing but the clothes he wore.  He now came aboard our ship, being in great habits of friendship with Captain Davis.

On the 18th Sir Thomas brought the galleon into the roads, and came himself into the harbour in a boat he had got built at sea, for his long-boat and light-horseman were both lost during the storm, together with a pinnace he had set up at Santos.  Being on board our ship, the Desire, Sir Thomas informed our captain of all his extremities, and complained severely of his company, and particularly of several gentlemen in his ship, proposing to go no more on board his own ship, but to proceed for the rest of the voyage in the Desire.  We were all grieved to hear such hard speeches of our good friends; but having spoken with the gentlemen in the Leicester, we found them faithful, honest, and resolute in their proceedings, although it pleased our general to conceive of them otherwise.

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