South America - A General History And Collection Of Voyages And Travels - Volume 7 - By Robert Kerr
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On The Portuguese Going Among Them, No Arms Were Found In Their Possession Except A Few Guns They Had Procured From The Moors And Hollanders, Which They Knew Not How To Use, And Were Even Fearful Of Handling.

They have excellent amber[5], white sandal, tortoises, ebony, sweet woods of various kinds, and abundance of slaves, with plenty of cattle of all kinds, the flesh of their goats being as sweet as mutton.

The island likewise produces abundance of sea cows, sea-horses, monkeys, and some say tigers, with a great many snakes which are not very venomous. It has no elephants, horses, asses, lions, bears, deer, foxes, nor hares.

[Footnote 1: Madagascar, between the latitudes of 12 deg. 30' and 35 deg. 45' S. and the longitudes of 44 deg. and 53 deg. W. from Greenwich, rather exceeds 1000 statute miles from N.N.W to S.S.E. and is about 220 miles in mean width from east to west. This island therefore, in a fine climate, capable of growing all the tropical productions in perfection, and excellently situated for trade, extends to about 200,000 square miles, or 128 millions of acres, yet is abandoned entirely to ignorant barbarians. - E.]

[Footnote 2: The north end of Madagascar, called the point of St Ignatius, is 70 miles from east to west, the eastern headland being Cape Natal or de Ambro, and the western Cape St Sebastian. - E.]

[3][Footnote 3: 3 Cape Antongil on the east coast is probably here meant, in lat.

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