A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 15 eBook

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ago.  The quantity of wine annually consumed, as the common beverage of at least one hundred thousand persons, must amount to several thousand pipes.  There must be a vast expenditure of it, by conversion into brandy; to produce one pipe of which, five or six pipes of wine must be distilled.  An attention to these particulars will enable every one to judge, that the account given to Mr Anderson, of an annual produce of 40,000 pipes of wine, has a foundation in truth.—­D.]

“They make a little silk; but unless we reckon the filtering-stones, brought in great numbers from Grand Canary, the wine is the only considerable article of the foreign commerce of Teneriffe.’

“None of the race of inhabitants found here when the Spaniards discovered the Canaries, now remain a distinct people;[78] having intermarried with the Spanish settlers; but their descendants are known, from their being remarkably tall, large-boned, and strong.  The men are, in general, of a tawny colour, and the women have a pale complexion, entirely destitute of that bloom which distinguishes our northern beauties.  The Spanish custom of wearing black clothes continues amongst them; but the men seem more indifferent about this, and in some measure dress like the French.  In other respects, we found the inhabitants of Teneriffe to be a decent and very civil people, retaining that grave cast which distinguishes those of their country from other European nations.  Although we do not think that there is a great similarity between our manners and those of the Spaniards, it is worth observing, that Omai did not think there was much difference.  He only said, ’that they seemed not so friendly as the English; and that, in their persons, they approached those of his countrymen.’”

[Footnote 78:  It was otherwise in Glas’s time, when a few families of the Guanches (as they are called) remained still in Teneriffe, not blended with the Spaniards.  Glas, p. 240.—­D.]

SECTION III.

Departure from Teneriffe.—­Danger of the Ship near Bonavista.—­Isle of Mayo.—­Port Praya.—­Precautions against the Rain and sultry Weather in the Neighbourhood of the Equator.—­Position of the Coast of Brazil.—­Arrival at the Cape of Good Hope.—­Transactions there.—­Junction of the Discovery.—­Mr Anderson’s Journey up the Country.—­Astronomical Observations,—­Nautical Remarks on the Passage from England to the Cape, with regard to the Currents and the Variation.

Having completed our water, and got on board every other thing we wanted at Teneriffe, we weighed anchor on the 4th of August, and proceeded on our voyage, with a fine gale at N.E.

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