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The Discovery of America Magazine, 1892 free pdf Excerpt from The Discovery of America Magazine, 1892 In the meantime I had learned from some Indians whom I had seized that the country was certainly an island, and therefore I sailed towards the east, coasting to the distance of three hundred and twenty-two miles, which brought us to the extremity of it- from this point I saw lying eastwards another island, fifty-four miles distant from Juana (Cuba), to which I gave the name of Espagnola (Hayli). I went thither, and steered my course eastward as I had done at Juana, even to the distance of five hundred and sixty-four miles along the north coast. This said island of Juana (Cuba) is exceedingly fertile, as indeed are all the others- it is surrounded with many bays, spacious, very secure and surpassing any that I have ever seen- numerous large and beautiful rivers intersect it, and it also contains many very lofty mountains. All these islands are very beautiful, and distinguished by a diversity of scenery- they are filled with a great variety of trees of an immense height, and which I believe to retain their foliage in all seasons- for when I saw them they were as verdant and luxuriant as they usually are in Spain in the month of May - some of them were blossoming, some bearing fruit, and all flourishing in the greatest perfection, according to their respective stages of growth, and the nature and quality of each- yet the islands are not so thickly wooded as to be impassable. The nightingale and various birds were singing in countless numbers, and that in November, the month in which I arrived there. There are besides in the same island of Juana seven or eight kinds of palm trees, which, like all the other trees, herbs and fruits, considerably surpass ours in height and beauty. The pines also are very handsome, and there are very extensive fields and meadows, a variety of birds, different kinds of honey and many sorts of metals, but no iron. In that island also which I have before said we named Espanola, there are mountains of very great size and beauty, vast plains, groves and very fruitful fields, admirably adapted for tillage, pasture and habitation. The convenience and excellence of the harbors in this island and the abundance of the rivers, so indispensable to the health of man, surpass anything that would be believed by one who had not seen it. The trees, herbage and fruits or Espanola are very different from those of Juana, and moreover it abounds in various kinds of spices, gold and other metals. The inhabitants in this island, and in all the others which I have seen or of which I have received information, go always unclothed, excepting the women. None of them, as I have already said, are possessed of any iron, neither have they weapons, being unacquainted with and indeed incompetent to use them, not from any deformity of body (for they are well formed), but because they are timid and full of fear. They carry, however, in lieu of arms, canes dried in the sun, and on the ends of which they fix heads of dried wood sharpened to a point, and even these they dare no: use habitually, for it has often occurred when I have sent two or three of my men to any of the villages to speak with the natives that they have come out in a disorderly troop and have fled in such haste at the approach of our men that the parents forsook their children and the children their parents. This timidity did not arise from any loss or injury that they had received from us, for on the contrary I gave to all I approached whatever articles I had about me, such as cloth and many other things, taking nothing of theirs in return, but they are naturally timid and fearful. As soon, however, as they see that they are safe and have laid aside all fear, they are very simple and honest and exceedingly liberal with all they have, none of them refusing anything he may possess when he is asked for it, but on the contrary inviting us to ask them.

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Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1330139496
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