The Natives Remained On Board The
Whole Day In Such Numbers, That We Could Sometimes Hardly Get From One
Part Of The Deck To Another For Them.
In the afternoon the King of
Bottone, or Booton, sent some plantains to our captain, and a kind of
liquor for drinking called Irea-pote, in return for which the captain
sent back a rich painted calico.
About ten at night we weighed anchor,
in doing which we broke the flukes of both our starboard anchors, for
which reason we had to man our long-boat, and tow the ship all night
against the current, which otherwise would have carried us farther to
leewards than we could have made up again in three days, unless we had
got a fresh gale of wind, so strong is the current at this place.
[Footnote 267: From circumstances in the sequel, these Straits of
Bangaya appear to have been between the island of Booton, in about lat.
5 deg. S. and long. 123 deg. 20' E., and the south-east leg or peninsula of the
island of Celebes. - E.]
The 19th April the King of Booton sent one of his brothers again on
board, to know if he might come to see the ship, of which he was
very desirous, having often heard of Englishmen, but had never seen any;
on which our captain sent him word that he should think himself much
honoured by a visit. The king came immediately off in his caracol,
rowed by at least an hundred oars or paddles, having in her besides
about 400 armed men, and six pieces of brass cannon; being attended by
five other caracols, which had at the least 1000 armed men in them.
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