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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 661 pages of information about A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 17.

A Table of the Latitude and Longitude of the Sandwich Islands.

Latitude.    Longitude.
The north point         20 deg.   17’   204 deg.    2’
Owhyhee | South point             18    55    204    15
| East point              19    35    205     6
\Karakakooa Bay          19    28    204     0
East point              20    50    204     4
Mowee   < South point             20    34    203    48
\West point              20    54    203    24
Morokinnee                        20    39    203    33
Tahoorowa                         20    38    203    27
Kanai.  South point                20    46    203     8
Morotoi.  West point               21    10    202    46
Woahoo.  Anchoring-place.          21    43    202     9
Atooi.  Wymoa Bay                  21    57    200    20
Oneeheow.  Anchoring-place.        21    50    199    45
Oreehoua                          22     2    199    52
Tahoora                           21    43    199    56

[1] The general account of the Sandwich Islands given by Captain King, has
    been substantially confirmed by subsequent voyagers.  Some additional
    particulars, not by any means very important, have resulted from their
    enquiries, from which, of course, it had been easy to have enlarged
    the present and two following sections, by supplementary notes.  But no
    good end would be answered by such a practice in the present case, as
    the description in the text is abundantly complete for every important
    purpose, and as it is probable, that, in the course of this work,
    there will occur opportunities of communicating whatever is valuable
    in the narratives of more recent voyagers.—­E.

[2] It is to be observed, that, among the windward islands, the k is
    used instead of the t, as Morokoi instead of
    Morotoi, &c.

[3] Modoo signifies island; papapa, flat.  This island is
    called Tammatapappa by Captain Cook.

[4] Both the sweet potatoes, and the tarrow, are here planted four feet
    from each other; the former was earthed up almost to the top of the
    stalk, with about half a bushel of light mould; the latter is left
    bare to the root, and the mould round it is made in the form of a
    basin, in order to hold the rain-water, as this root requires a
    certain degree of moisture.  It has been before observed, that the
    tarrow, at the Friendly and Society Islands, was always planted in low
    and moist situations, and generally where there was the convenience of
    a rivulet to flood it.  It was imagined that this mode of culture was
    absolutely necessary; but we now found, that, with the precaution
    above-mentioned, it succeeds equally well in a drier situation;
    indeed, we all remarked, that the tarrow of the Sandwich Islands is
    the best we had ever tasted.  The plantains are not admitted in these
    plantations:  but grow amongst the bread-fruit trees.

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