The Journal of Christopher Columbus (during His First Voyage, 1492-93) and Documents Relating the Voyages of John Cabot and Gaspar Corte Real

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Hakluyt Society, 1893 - America - 259 pages

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Page 36 - They should be good servants and of quick intelligence, since I see that they very soon say all that is said to them, and I believe that they would easily be made Christians, for it appeared to me that they had no creed.
Page 35 - ... side of the cross and the other on the other. Having landed, they saw trees very green, and much water, and fruits of diverse kinds. The Admiral called to the two captains, and to the others who leaped on shore, and to Rodrigo Escovedo, secretary of the whole fleet, and to Rodrigo Sanchez of...
Page 196 - ... to seek out, discover, and find whatsoever isles, countries, regions, or provinces of the heathen and infidels whatsoever they be, and in what part of the world soever they be, which before this time have been unknown to all Christians.
Page 7 - For that island is most fertile in gold, pearls, and precious stones, and they cover the temples and palaces with solid gold.
Page 34 - ... men to keep a good lookout on the forecastle, and to watch well for land; and to him who should first cry out that he saw land, he would give a silk doublet, besides the other rewards promised by the Sovereigns, which were 10,000 maravedis to him who should first see it. At two hours after midnight the land was sighted at a distance of two leagues.
Page 33 - ... during the whole of the voyage. They saw sandpipers, and a green reed near the ship. Those of the caravel Pinta saw a cane and a pole, and they took up another small pole which appeared to have been worked with iron; also another bit of cane, a land-plant, and a small board. The crew of the caravel Nina also saw signs of land, and a small branch covered with berries.
Page 38 - I saw that they had no inclination. I resolved to wait until to-morrow in the afternoon and then to depart, shaping a course to the SW, for, according to what many of them told me, there was land to the S., to the SW, and NW, and that the natives from the NW often came to attack them, and went on to the SW in search of gold and precious stones. "This island is rather large and very flat, with bright green trees, much water, and a very large lake in the centre, without any mountain, and the whole...
Page 200 - Admiral, great honour being paid to him, and he goes dressed in silk. The English are ready to go with him, and so are many of our rascals. The discoverer of these things has planted a large cross in the ground with a banner of England, and one of St. Mark, as he is a Venetian ; so that our flag has been hoisted very far away.
Page 14 - India, to see the said princes, and the people and lands, and discover the nature and disposition of them all, and the means to be taken for the conversion of them to our holy faith...

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