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












































 -  Yet they entered into trade
with us for rice, hens, oranges, lemons, and another kind of fruit
called plantains; but - Page 190
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Yet They Entered Into Trade With Us For Rice, Hens, Oranges, Lemons, And Another Kind Of Fruit Called Plantains; But Held Every Thing Very High, And Brought Only Small Quantities.

Our market was beside a considerable river, into which we went in our boats, such of our men as

Were appointed to make the purchases going ashore; the rest always remaining in the boats with their arms in readiness, and the boats about twenty or thirty yards from the land, where the natives could not wade to them, and were ready at all times, if needful, to take our marketers from the land. In this manner we trifled off some days before we could get the natives to commence a real trade; for all these people of the south and east parts of the world are subtle and crafty in bartering, buying, and selling, so that, without sticking close to them, it is difficult to bring them to trade in any reasonable sort, as they will shift continually to get a little more, and then no one will sell below that price. Upon this, the general ordered measures to be made of about a quart, and appointed how many glass beads were to be given for its fill of rice, and how many oranges, lemons, and plantains were to be given for every bead, with positive orders not to deal at all with any who would not submit to that rule. After a little holding off, the natives consented to this rule, and our dealing became frank and brisk; so that during our stay we purchased 15-1/4 tons of rice, 40 or 50 bushels of their peas and beans, great store of oranges, lemons, and plantains, eight beeves, and great numbers of hens.

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