The Famous Voyage Of Sir Francis Drake Into The South Sea, And Therehence About The Whole Globe Of The Earth, Begun In The Year Of Our Lord 1577 Narrative By Francis Pretty
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NARRATIVE BY FRANCIS PRETTY,
ONE OF DRAKE'S GENTLEMEN AT ARMS.
This text was prepared from a 1910 edition, published by P F
Collier & Son Company, New York.
The FAMOUS VOYAGE of Sir FRANCIS DRAKE into the South Sea, and
therehence about the whole Globe of the Earth, begun in the year
of our Lord 1577.
The 15th day of November, in the year of our Lord 1577, Master Francis
Drake, with a fleet of five ships and barks, and to the number of 164
men, gentlemen and sailors, departed from Plymouth, giving out his
pretended voyage for Alexandria. But the wind falling contrary, he was
forced the next morning to put into Falmouth Haven, in Cornwall, where
such and so terrible a tempest took us, as few men have seen the like,
and was indeed so vehement that all our ships were like to have gone
to wrack. But it pleased God to preserve us from that extremity and to
afflict us only for that present with these two particulars: the mast
of our Admiral, which was the Pelican, was cut overboard for the
safeguard of the ship, and the Marigold was driven ashore, and
somewhat bruised. For the repairing of which damages we returned again
to Plymouth; and having recovered those harms, and brought the ships
again to good state, we set forth the second time from Plymouth, and
set sail the 13th day of December following.
The 25th day of the same month we fell with the Cape Cantin, upon the
coast of Barbary; and coasting along, the 27th day we found an island
called Mogador, lying one mile distant from the main. Between which
island and the main we found a very good and safe harbour for our
ships to ride in, as also very good entrance, and void of any danger.
On this island our General erected a pinnace, whereof he brought out
of England with him four already framed. While these things were in
doing, there came to the water's side some of the inhabitants of the
country, shewing forth their flags of truce; which being seen of our
General, he sent his ship's boat to the shore to know what they would.
They being willing to come aboard, our men left there one man of our
company for a pledge, and brought two of theirs aboard our ship; which
by signs shewed our General that the next day they would bring some
provision, as sheep, capons, and hens, and such like. Whereupon our
General bestowed amongst them some linen cloth and shoes, and a
javelin, which they very joyfully received, and departed for that
time. The next morning they failed not to come again to the water's
side. And our General again setting out our boat, one of our men
leaping over-rashly ashore, and offering friendly to embrace them,
they set violent hands on him, offering a dagger to his throat if he
had made any resistance; and so laying him on a horse carried him
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