It Is No Less Extraordinary
Than Unpardonable, That In Some Very Modern Charts Of The Atlantic,
Published In London, The Salvages Are Totally Omitted.
We made the island of Teneriffe on the 3d of June, and in the evening
anchored in the road of Santa Cruz, after an excellent passage
of three weeks from the day we left England.
From the Fleet's Arrival at Teneriffe, to its Departure
for Rio de Janeiro, in the Brazils.
There is little to please a traveller at Teneriffe. He has heard wonders
of its celebrated Peak, but he may remain for weeks together at the town
of Santa Cruz without having a glimpse of it, and when its cloud-topped head
emerges, the chance is, that he feels disappointed, for, from the point of view
in which he sees it, the neighbouring mountains lessen its effect
very considerably. Excepting the Peak, the eye receives little pleasure
from the general face of the country, which is sterile and uninviting
to the last degree. The town, however, from its cheerful white appearance,
contrasted with the dreary brownness of the back ground, makes not an
unpleasing coup d'oeil. It is neither irregular in its plan, nor despicable
in its style of building; and the churches and religious houses are numerous,
sumptuous, and highly ornamented.
The morning of our arrival, as many officers as could be spared from
the different ships were introduced to the Marquis de Brancifort,
Governor of the Canary Islands, whose reception was highly flattering
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