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Cortes, not yet resolved on submitting to the authority of Mendoca, fitted
out two ships, under the command of Ferdinando - Page 140
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Cortes, Not Yet Resolved On Submitting To The Authority Of Mendoca, Fitted Out Two Ships, Under The Command Of Ferdinando De Grijalva And One Alvarado, On Purpose To Discover The Route To The Moluccas By The Way Of The Equinoctial Line, Because The Islands Of Cloves Are Under That Parallel.

They went first to St Michael de Tangarara, in Peru, where they landed succours for Pizarro, and thence, all along the line, to the Moluccas, as they were ordered; and they are said to have sailed above 1000 leagues without sight of land on either side the whole way.

At length, in lat. 2 deg. N. they discovered an island named _Asea_, which was believed to be one of the islands of Cloves. Five hundred leagues farther, more or less, they came to another, which they named _Isla de los Pescadores_, or island of Fishers. Going still in the same course, they saw another island, called _Hayme_, on the south side of the line, and another named _Apia_, after which they came in sight of _Seri_. Turning one degree to the north, they came to anchor at an island named _Coroa_, whence they came to another under the line named _Memousum_, and thence to _Busu_, still holding on the same course[81].

The people of all these islands are black, with frizzled hair, whom the people of the Moluccas call Papuas. Most of them are witches, and eat human flesh; and are so much given to wickedness, that the devils walk among them as companions.

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