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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Yet The Next Day Our General Sent To View The
Island, And The Likelihoods That Might Be There Of The Provision Of
Victuals, About Threescore And Two Men Under The Conduct And
Government Of Master Winter And Master Doughty.
And marching towards
the chief place of habitation in this island (as by the Portugal we
were informed), having travelled to the mountains the space of three
miles, and arriving there somewhat before the daybreak, we arrested
ourselves, to see day before us.
Which appearing, we found the
inhabitants to be fled; but the place, by reason that it was manured,
we found to be more fruitful than the other part, especially the
valleys among the hills.
Here we gave ourselves a little refreshing, as by very ripe and sweet
grapes, which the fruitfulness of the earth at that season of winter,
it may seems strange that those fruits were then there growing. But
the reason thereof is this, because they being between the tropic and
the equinoctial, the sun passeth twice in the year through their
zenith over their heads, by means whereof they have two summers; and
being so near the heat of the line they never lose the heat of the sun
so much, but the fruits have their increase and continuance in the
midst of winter. The island is wonderfully stored with goats and wild
hens; and it hath salt also, without labour, save only that the people
gather it into heaps; which continually in greater quantity is
increased upon the sands by the flowing of the sea, and the receiving
heat of the sun kerning the same.
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