Voyages In Search Of The North-west Passage By Richard Hakluyt


1.  They could not come from the south-east by the Cape of Good
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1. They Could Not Come From The South-East By The Cape Of Good Hope, Because The Roughness Of The

Seas there is such - occasioned by the currents and great winds in that part - that the greatest armadas the King

Of Portugal hath cannot without great difficulty pass that way, much less, then, a canoe of India could live in those outrageous seas without shipwreck, being a vessel but of very small burden, and the Indians have conducted themselves to the place aforesaid, being men unexpert in the art of navigation.

2. Also, it appeareth plainly that they were not able to come from along the coast of Africa aforesaid to those parts of Europe, because the winds do, for the most part, blow there easterly or from the shore, and the current running that way in like sort, would have driven them westward upon some part of America, for such winds and tides could never have led them from thence to the said place where they were found, nor yet could they have come from any of the countries aforesaid, keeping the seas always, without skilful mariners to have conducted them such like courses as were necessary to perform such a voyage.

3. Presupposing also, if they had been driven to the west, as they must have been, coming that way, then they should have perished, wanting supply of victuals, not having any place - once leaving the coast of Africa - until they came to America, north of America, until they arrived upon some part of Europe or the islands adjoining to it to have refreshed themselves.

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