An Historical Relation of the Island Ceylon in the East Indies eBook

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whose Wisdom and Success the East-Indian Parts of the World are now near as well known, as the Countries next adjacent to us.  So that by your means, not only the Wealth, but the Knowledge of those Indies is brought home to us.  Unto your Favour and Patronage therefore (Right Worshipful) I humbly presume to recommend these Papers and the Author of them, who rejoyceth at this opportunity to acknowledge the Favours you have already conferred on him, and to profess that next unto God, on you depend his Future Hopes and Expectations; being

Right Worshipful,

Your most obliged and most humble and devoted Servant to be Commanded,

Robert Knox.

Lond. 18th.  March, 1680/81.

The contents.


Chap.  I.

A General Description of the Island.

The Inland Parts of it hitherto unknown.  The chief Places on the Sea-Coasts.  The Names of the Provinces and Counties of the Inland Country.  Which are divided from each other by Woods.  The Countrey Hilly, but inriched with Rivers.  The great River Mavelagonga described.  Woody.  Where most Populous and Healthful.  The nature of the Vallies.  The great Hill, Adams Peaky, described.  The natural Strength of this Kingdom.  The difference of the Seasons in this Country.  What Parts have most Rain.


Concerning the chief Cities and Towns of this Island.

The most Eminent Cities are Five.  Viz.  Cande, Nellemby, Alloutneur.  The Country of Bintan described.  Badoulf.  The Province of Ouvah.  Digligy, the place of the King’s Residence.  Gauluda.  Many ruines of Cities.  Anarodgburro.  The nature of the Northern Parts.  The Port of Portaloon Affords Salt.  Leawava Affords Salt in abundance, Described.  Their Towns how built.  Many ly in ruins and forsaken. and upon what occasion.


Of their Corn, with their manner of Husbandry.

The Products and Commodities of the Country.  Corn of divers sorts.  Rice.  Growes in water.  Their ingenuity in watering their Corn-lands.  Why they do not always sow the best kind of Rice?  They sow at different times, but reap together.  Their artificial Pooles, Alligators harbor in them.  They sow Corn on the mud.  A sort of Rice that growes without water.  The Seasons of Seed-time and Harvest.  A particular description of their Husbandry.  Their Plow.  The convenience of these Plowes.  Their First plowing.  Their Banks, and use of them.  Their Second plowing.  How they prepare their Seed-Corn.  And their Land after it is plowed.  Their manner of Sowing.  How they manure & order Young Corn.  Their manner of reaping.  They tread out their Corn with Cattel.  The Ceremonies they use when the Corn is to be trodden.  How they unhusk their Rice.  Other sorts of Corn among them.  Coracan, Tanna, Moung, Omb.


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