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

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[Footnote 68:  Cape Formosa is probably here meant, which is in 4 deg. 18’ N.—­E.]

[Footnote 69:  The latitude of Princes Island is 1 deg. 40’ N.—­E.]

They reached Cape Goncalves on the 25th, where the wind usually blows from the land all night, and from the sea all day.  Here they found two Dutch ships, which informed them of the loss of Captain Sleerhagen and most of his company at Princes Island; as also of the voyage of Peter Verhagen, who had entered the river of Congo, and had afterwards buried thirty-eight of his company at Cape Goncalves, whence he had gone some time before their arrival to Annobon.

January 1st, 1589, they passed the island of Annobon, in lat. 2 deg.  S. [1 deg. 30’ S.] and on the 28th of that month had the sun in their zenith.  The 5th of March they reached Cape St Thomas on the coast of Brazil, in lat. 22 deg.  S. [21 deg. 15’].  The 6th they passed Cape Fair, and came that evening to Cape Frio, and on the 9th reached Rio de Janeiro.  After some loss of time, and having several of their men cut off by their grand enemy the Portuguese, they went to the island of St Sebastian, in lat. 24 deg.  S. where the comforts of a good harbour, plenty of fresh water, and an abundant supply of wood gave them much satisfaction; but no fruits were to be had at that season.

They encountered a heavy storm on the 14th of March, by which the vice-admiral and the Hope were separated from the admiral, but they met again on the 17th.  The scurvy now began to make rapid progress among the company; which, together with the approach of the antarctic winter, determined them to put in at St Helena.  Missing that island, they next endeavoured to fall in with the island of Ascension, or some other island where they might procure refreshments; but their hard fortune brought them to a very barren and desolate island in the lat. of 20 deg. 30’ S.[70] where they could procure no refreshments, except a few fowls called Malle Mewen,[71] which they knocked down with clubs.

[Footnote 70:  The island of Trinidad is nearly in the indicated latitude.—­E.]

[Footnote 71:  These were probably young unfledged sea-gulls, called in provincial English Malls, Maws, and Mews, not unlike the Dutch names in the text; where perhaps we ought to read Malle or Mewen.—­E.]

Soon leaving this inhospitable place, they put to sea again, and on the 1st of June, while endeavouring to reach Ascension, they got back to the coast of Brazil.  Not being suffered to land any where on the continent, they sailed to the isle of Santa Clara, an island of about a mile round, and as much from the continent, in lat. 21 deg. 15’ S. This island afforded little else beyond herbs, but they found here a sour fruit resembling plums, which cured all their sick men in fifteen days.  They sailed from thence for Port Desire, in lat 47 deg. 40’ S. on the 16th June, and reached that place on the 20th

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