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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Upon The South Side
Thereof Lieth A Most Pleasant And Sweet Island, The Trees Whereof Are
Always Green And Fair To Look Upon; In Respect Whereof They Call It
/Ilha Brava/, That Is, The Brave Island.
From the banks thereof into
the sea do run in many places reasonable streams of fresh water easy
to come by, but there was no convenient road for our ships; for such
was the depth that no ground could be had for anchoring.
And it is
reported that ground was never found in that place; so that the tops
of /Fogo/ burn not so high in the air, but the roots of /Brava/ are
quenched as low in the sea.
Being departed from these islands, we drew towards the line, where we
were becalmed the space of three weeks, but yet subject to divers
great storms, terrible lightnings and much thunder. But with this
misery we had the commodity of great store of fish, as dolphins,
bonitos, and flying-fishes, whereof some fell into our ships;
wherehence they could not rise again for want of moisture, for when
their wings are dry they cannot fly.
From the first day of our departure from the islands of Cape Verde, we
sailed 54 days without sight of land. And the first land that we fell
with was the coast of Brazil, which we saw the fifth of April, in the
height of 33 degrees towards the pole Antarctic. And being discovered
at sea by the inhabitants of the country, they made upon the coast
great fires for a sacrifice (as we learned) to the devils; about which
they use conjurations, making heaps of sand, and other ceremonies,
that when any ship shall go about to stay upon their coast, not only
sands may be gathered together in shoals in every place, but also that
storms and tempests may arise, to the casting away of ships and men,
whereof, as it is reported, there have been divers experiments.
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