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The Chinese accounts, dating from the 5th century, of a remote Eastern
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The Chinese Accounts, Dating From The 5th Century, Of A Remote Eastern Land Called Fusang, Which Neumann Fancied To Have Been Mexico, Mention That To The East Of That Region Again There Was A Woman's Island, With The Usual Particulars.

(Lassen, IV.

751.) [Cf. G. Schlegel, Niu Kouo, T'oung Pao, III. pp. 495-510. - H.C.] Oddly enough, Columbus heard the same story of an island called Matityna or Matinino (apparently Martinique) which he sighted on his second voyage. The Indians on board "asserted that it had no inhabitants but women, who at a certain time of the year were visited by the Cannibals (Caribs); if the children born were boys they were brought up and sent to their fathers, if girls they were retained by the mothers. They reported also that these women had certain subterranean caverns in which they took refuge if any one went thither except at the established season," etc. (P. Martyr in Ramusio, III. 3 v. and see 85.) Similar Amazons are placed by Adam of Bremen on the Baltic Shores, a story there supposed to have originated in a confusion between Gwenland, i.e. Finland, and a land of Cwens or Women.

Mendoza heard of the like in the vicinity of Japan (perhaps the real Fusang story), though he opines judiciously that "this is very doubtful to be beleeved, although I have bin certified by religious men that have talked with persons that within these two yeares have beene at the saide ilands, and have seene the saide women." (H. of China, II.

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