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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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
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
away. So that a man cannot be too circumspect and wary of himself
among such miscreants. Our pinnace being finished, we departed from
this place the 30th and last day of December, and coasting along the
shore we did descry, not contrary to our expectation, certain
/canters/, which were Spanish fishermen; to whom we gave chase and
took three of them.
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