Piracy, Turtles and Flying Foxes (Penguin Great Journeys)
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Dampier's (1651-1715) adventures and writing inspired both Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver's Travels, but in his own right he was a remarkable, observant and enjoyable writer - whether on a woefully mishandled pirate raid in Spanish America or on a desperate journey to Sumatra in an open boat or on the habits of manatees or bats. He also left the first description in English of the Aborigines of Australia - thus initiating a painful, now three centuries' long encounter between peoples on opposite sides of the world. "Great Journeys" allows readers to travel both around the planet and back through the centuries - but also back into ideas and worlds frightening, ruthless and cruel in different ways from our own. Few reading experiences can begin to match that of engaging with writers who saw astounding things: Great civilisations, walls of ice, violent and implacable jungles, deserts and mountains, multitudes of birds and flowers new to science. Reading these books is to see the world afresh, to rediscover a time when many cultures were quite strange to each other, where legends and stories were treated as facts and in which so much was still to be discovered.
killed 3 Monkeys, which we dressed for Supper. Here we first began to have fair Weather, which continued with us till we came to the North Seas. * The eighteenth Day we set out at 10 o’clock, and the Indians, with 5 Canoes, carried us a League up a River; and when we landed the kind Indians went with us and carried our Burdens. We marched 3 Miles farther, and then built our Huts, having travelled from the last Settlements 6 Miles. The nineteenth Day our Guides lost their way, and we did not
This Grass grows likewise in Creeks, or near the Sides of great Rivers, in such places where there is little Tide or Current. They never come ashore, nor into Water shallower than where they can swim. Their Flesh is white, both the Fat and the Lean, and extraordinarily sweet, wholesome Meat. The Tail of a young Cow is most esteemed, but if old, both Head and Tail are very tough. A Calf that sucks is the most delicate Meat. Privateers commonly roast them, as they also do great pieces cut out of
England, and who died at Oxford. For while I was at Fort St George, about April 1690, there arrived a Ship called the Mindanao Merchant, laden with Clove-bark from Mindanao. Three of Captain Swan’s Men, who had remained there when we left, came in her. From these I had the Account of Captain Swan’s Death as related before. There was also one Mr Moody who was Supercargo of the Ship. This Gentleman had bought at Mindanao the painted Prince Jeoly, and his Mother, and had brought them to Fort St
showed him the Spice, he would not only tell me that there was Madochala, that is abundance; but to make it appear plainer, he would also show me the Hair on his Head, a frequent thing among the Indians that I have met with, when they want to express more than they can number. He also told me that his Father was Raja of the Island where they lived, that there were not above Thirty Men on the Island, and about one Hundred Women. He himself had five Wives and eight Children, and one of his Wives
he was carried about to be shown as a Sight, and that he died of the Small-pox at Oxford. But to proceed, our Water being filled, and the Ship all stocked with fresh Provision, we sailed from here in Company of the Princess Ann, the James and Mary and the Josiah, July the 2nd, 1691, directing our course towards England, and designing to touch nowhere by the way. We were now in the way of the Trade Winds, which we commonly find at E.S.E., or S.E. by E., or S.E. till we draw near the Line, and