A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels - Volume 05 eBook

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The dresses of all these tribes are formed of skins; but all except the serranos or mountaineers, weave mantles or ponchos of woollen yarn, beautifully died of various colours, which when wrapped round the body reach from the neck to the calf of the legs.  A similar mantle is tied round the waist and reaches to the ankles.  Besides these they have a three-cornered piece of dressed hide, of which two of the corners are tied round the waist, and the third, being passed between the legs is fastened behind.  The hair is tied up from behind with the points upwards, by means of a woollen band bound many times round the head; but they are fond of wearing hats when they can get them from the Spaniards.  They paint their faces red or black, and wear necklaces and bracelets of sky-blue beads.  When on horseback they wear a particular kind of cloaks, having a slit in the middle through which they put their heads, and the skirts hang down to the knees or even sometimes to the feet.  Their stockings or boots consist of the skin of a horses thigh and leg, flayed off whole, dried and softened with grease, and rendered supple by wringing.  The women wear straw hats in shape like those used by the Chinese.  Their defensive armour consists of a helmet of double bulls hide shaped like a broad-brimmed hat; a tunic or bodice of hardened skin three or four fold, which is very heavy, but effectually resists the arrow and spear, and is even said to be musquet proof.  When on foot, they have likewise a large unwieldy shield of bulls hide.  The Tehuelhets and Huilliches sometimes poison their arrows.  Their spears are of cane, four or five yards long, and are pointed with iron; and they use swords when they can procure them from the Spaniards.  They use the laqui both in war and hunting; but that used in war has a ball, or weight fastened to one or both ends of the leathern thong instead of a noose.  The ball weighs about a pound.  When used single, or with only one ball, it is aimed at the head of the enemy, to knock out his brains.  With the double laqui, having a ball at each end, they can fasten a man to his horse, and effectually entangle both man and beast.


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In the preceding Chapters of this Second Book, we have given an extended account of the Discovery of AMERICA by COLUMBUS, and of the establishment of the principal Spanish Colonies in the New World, from authentic Original authors, a large portion of which never appeared before in any Collection of Voyages and Travels, and some important parts are now given for the first time in the English language.  It is not the object of this work to attempt giving a regular series of the History of America, by inserting

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