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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So That Of The Increase Thereof They
Keep A Continual Traffic With Their Neighbours.
Amongst other things we found here a kind of fruit called /cocos/,
which because it is not commonly known with us in England, I thought
good to make some description of it.
The tree beareth no leaves nor
branches, but at the very top the fruit groweth in clusters, hard at
the top of the stem of the tree, as big every several fruit as a man's
head; but having taken off the uttermost bark, which you shall find to
be very full of strings or sinews, as I may term them, you shall come
to a hard shell, which may hold a quantity of liquor a pint commonly,
or some a quart, and some less. Within that shell, of the thickness of
half-an-inch good, you shall have a kind of hard substance and very
white, no less good and sweet than almonds; within that again, a
certain clear liquor which being drunk, you shall not only find it
very delicate and sweet, but most comfortable and cordial.
After we had satisfied ourselves with some of these fruits, we marched
further into the island, and saw great store of /cabritos/ alive,
which were so chased by the inhabitants that we could do no good
towards our provision; but they had laid out, as it were to stop our
mouths withal, certain old dried /cabritos/, which being but ill, and
small and few, we made no account of.
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