A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 12 eBook

Robert Kerr (writer)
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wish, that whoever shall next visit it, may be still more fortunate.  Our traffic here was carried on with as much order as in the best regulated market in Europe.  It was managed principally by Mr Banks, who was indefatigable in procuring provision and refreshments while they were to be had; but during the latter part of our time they became scarce, partly by the increased consumption at the fort and ship, and partly by the coming on of the season in which cocoa-nuts and bread-fruit fail.  All kinds of fruit we purchased for beads and nails, but no nails less than forty-penny were current:  After a very short time we could never get a pig of more than ten or twelve pounds, for less than a hatchet; because, though these people set a high value upon spike nails, yet these being an article with which many people in the ship were provided, the women found a much more easy way of procuring them than by bringing down provisions.

The best articles for traffic here are axes, hatchets, spikes, large nails, looking-glasses, knives, and beads, for some of which, every thing that the natives have may be procured.  They are indeed fond of fine linen cloth, both white and printed; but an axe worth half-a-crown will fetch more than a piece of cloth worth twenty shillings.

END OF TWELFTH VOLUME.

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