Hurrah! for the Spanish Main

Hurrah! for the Spanish Main

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ... XL NOMBRK DE DIOS. well was Francis Drake acquainted with the country round about Port Pheasant, so well aware was he of the difficulty of tracking a fugitive through the pathless forest, that he wisely decided that it would be useless to risk the safety of any of his men by despatching them in pursuit. He had few enough men to spare for such a doubtful undertaking, and, vexed though he was at the circumstance of Don Pedro being at large in the neighbourhood, and the consequent probability of his own presence on the coast being made known to the Spaniards, he yet resolved to abide by his original plans and boldly take his chance of success or failure. He was a man of dauntless spirit and buoyant heart, and he had the rare power of communicating his hopeful energy to his followers, so that they trusted in his leadership and were inspired with an almost superstitious belief in his good fortune and his skill as a general. To his trusty lientenant John Oxenham alone did he breathe a word of despondency in the matter of the schemes of Don Pedro de la llios. To his other companions and the seamen he said nothing, but only bade them hasten with their work of building his pinnaces. For a week of days the hammering home of bolts and nails continued, and the busiest man of all was Captain Drake himself, who, stripped to the waist like the rest of them, went about his little dockyard, measuring, adjusting, planning; always cheerful, singing the songs of Devon with mirthful, mellow voice, and bidding his fellows remember how their toil was soon to be rewarded. Those who were not engaged in shipbuilding gathered stores of game and fruit and water; and at times they all met together under the shade of the ceiba trees to measure swords in play, to shoot more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
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  • 9781236626592