Sailings Over the Globe; Or, the Progress of Maritime Discovery

Sailings Over the Globe; Or, the Progress of Maritime Discovery

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ...to the East Indies, but on certain discoveries which it was thought might be of great benefit to the country; in consideration of which the lords commissioners of the admiralty had been pleased to promise them double pay, and several other advantages, if, during the voyage, they should behave to the satisfaction of the commander. They all expressed the greatest joy on the occasion, and assured the commodore that there was no danger or difficulty they would not cheerfully undergo in the service of their country, nor any order that he could give them, which they would not implicitly and zealously obey. With the u.sua1 vicissitudes of navigation, they proceeded to the coast of Patagonia, passed up the Strait of Magellan to Port Famine, from thence back to Falkland's Islands, and from them into the South Seas. On running from the western entrance of the Strait of Magellan, the commodore observed a small island, which, as they drew near it, had a most beautiful appearance. The commodore says: " It was surrounded by a beach of the finest white sand, and within, it was covered with tall trees, which extended their shade to a great distance, and formed the most delightful groves that can be imagined, without underwood. We judged this island to be about five miles in circumference, and from each end of it we' saw a small portion of land running into the sea, upon which the surge broke with great fury; there was also a great surf all round it. We soon perceived that it was inhabited, for many of the natives appeared upon the beach, with spears in their hands, that were at least sixteen feet long. They presently made several large fires, which we supposed to be a signal, for we immediately perceived several fires upon the larger island...show more

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  • Paperback | 148 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 277g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236938445
  • 9781236938442