I Was Very Suitably Clothed For The
Purpose, Having Got Strong Men's Shoes, Without Any Stockings,
Trousers, And A Blouse, Which I Had Fastened Up As High As My Hips.
Thus Equipped I Began, On The 7th Of May, My Short Journey, In
Company With My Guide.
In the first third of my road, which lay
along the coast, I counted about thirty-two brooks which we were
obliged to walk through.
We then struck off, through ravines, into
the interior of the island, first calling, however, at a hut to
obtain some refreshment. The inmates were very friendly, and gave
us some bread-fruit and fish, but very willingly accepted a small
present in exchange.
In the interior, the fine fruit-trees disappear, and their place is
supplied by plantains, tarros, and a kind of bush, growing to the
height of twelve feet, and called Oputu (Maranta); the last, in
fact, grew so luxuriantly, that we frequently experienced the
greatest difficulty in making our way through. The tarro, which is
planted, is from two to three feet high, and has fine large leaves
and tubercles, similar to the potato, but which do not taste very
good when roasted. The plantain, or banana, is a pretty little
tree, from fifteen to twenty feet high, with leaves like those of
the palm, and a stem which is often eight inches in diameter, but is
not of wood, but cane, and very easily broken. It belongs properly
to the herbiferous species, and grows with uncommon rapidity.
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