A General History And Collection Of Voyages And Travels - Volume 8 - By Robert Kerr












































 -  The Dutch got immediately
into their boats, and stood on their defence; but when the savages saw
four or five - Page 110
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The Dutch Got Immediately Into Their Boats, And Stood On Their Defence; But When The Savages Saw Four Or Five Of Their Companions Fall Down Dead, Slain By Dutch Thunder, They Fled To The Land; And Plucking Up Large Trees, Barricaded Themselves Against The Hollanders, Who Left Them.

After this, three of the Dutchmen, in seeking food to preserve their life, found death at the hands of naked savages, who were armed with barbed darts, which, if they entered the flesh, had to be cut out.

[Footnote 47: This is the first notice we have yet met with of the long-famed Patagonians; but their enormous stature in the text is very diffidently asserted. We shall have future opportunities of becoming better acquainted with these South American giants. Perhaps the original may only have said they seemed ten or eleven spans high, and some careless editor chose to substitute feet. - E.]

This Green bay, in which they staid so long, was named Cordes bay after the commander. In another, called Horse bay, they erected a new guild or fraternity, binding themselves with much solemnity and many oaths to certain articles, and calling it the Fraternity of the Freed Lion. The general added six chosen men to himself in this society, and caused their names to be engraven on a board, which was hung up on high pillars, to be seen by all passing that way; but it was defaced by the savages, who likewise disinterred the dead bodies from their graves and dismembered them, carrying one away.

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