The Voyages of Pedro Fernandez de Quiros, 1595-1606

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Page 269 - I am able to say, with good reason, that a land more delightful, healthy and fertile ; a site better supplied with quarries, timber, clay for tiles, bricks for founding a great city on the sea, with a port and a good river on a plain, with level lands near the hills, ridges, and ravines ; nor better adapted to raise plants and all that Europe and the Indies produce, could not be found.
Page xxv - Cruz, and of the site on which is to be founded the City of New Jerusalem, in latitude .15° 10', and of all the lands which I sighted and am going to sight, and of all this region of the south as far as the Pole, which, from this time shall be called AUSTRALIA DEL ESPIRITU SANTO, with all its dependencies and belongings...
Page 278 - The wind came down in a gust over the land. Sails were taken in, and the ship was only under a fore course, falling off a little. The chief pilot, exaggerating very much the importance of being unable to find bottom, together with the darkness of the night, the strong wind, the numerous lights he saw without being able to judge with certainty which were those of the two ships, said to the captain that he was unable to reach the port. The captain commended his zeal and vigilance. There was one who...
Page 249 - of the site on which is to be founded the city of New Jerusalem, and of all the lands which I sighted, and am going to sight, and of all this region of the south as far as the Pole, which from this time shall be called Austrialia del Espiritu Santo'.
Page 157 - ... this port, there will be an opportunity to set it forth better : and at the same time will your Honour forgive my being so short, for time is in fault for being so with me. I beg you to keep it secret, for man does not know what time brings ; for looking at it rightly, it is fit that the first islands remain concealed, until His Majesty be informed and order whatever may be most for his service : for as they are placed, taking a middle position between Peru, New Spain and this country, the English,...
Page xxx - During the first eleven days, he had not money to buy ink or paper. He wrote his first Memorial on the flyleaves of a pamphlet. He got the money for printing it by selling his clothes. To print the second, he sold his bedding; for the third, he pawned the royal banner under which he had taken possession of Espiritu Santo. After seventeen months of extreme penury, the King granted him 500 ducats. Quiros tells us that he sent in fifty memorials in fifty months. Of these, eight have been preserved....
Page 199 - ... gave her meat and soup from a pot, which she ate without scruple ; but she could not manage the hard biscuit. She showed that she knew well how to drink wine. A mirror was put into her hand, and she looked at the back, then at the front, and when she saw her face she was much pleased. . . . She looked at the goats as if she had seen them before. There was a gold ring, with an emerald on one of her fingers. She was asked for it, but replied by signs that she could not give it without nutting off...
Page 32 - ... seek for a port, so as to get wood, of which the Almiranta was much in need, and to see if water could be procured, of which there was also much scarcity. They anchored in 10 fathoms, and with loud cries told the General to stand off, as the bottom was full of great rocks. They were coming and going with the sounding line, sometimes finding 10 fathoms, at others 100 fathoms. There was no bottom in places, and to see the vessel among such rocks aroused alarm. There was no want of haste to get...
Page 153 - RIZAL. we did not know where we were going, and other things which did not fail to cause some hard feelings; but by the mercy of God, at midnight on the eve of Nuestra Senora de Setiembre [Our Lady of September], we sighted an island of about ninety or one hundred leguas in circumference, which extends almost east southeast and west northwest, and lies about one thousand eight hundred...
Page 247 - Our Lady of Loreto." Everything having been arranged as well as the tine would allow, it was reported to the captain, who left the ship with the rest of the people. All the three companies were drawn up in good order on the beach . . . The Royal Ensign, Lucas de Queiroz (Queiroz's nephew), came forth with the standard in his hands. The banners, which were fluttering and brightening the whole scene, received their tribute from discharges of muskets and arquebuses. Presently, the captain came out and...

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