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commodate those differences, which were
occasioned only by some jealousies among
The I6th we sailed by the island Sombrero,
and the i8th we had hard blowing
weather, which made us apprehensive of a
hurricane. The foul weather lasted two
days, during which time we kept under a
main course and lost sight of the other vessels.
A council was called aboard our ship, the
Joly, to consider whether we should lie by
for the others or hold on our course, and it
was resolved that, considering our water
began to fall short, and there were above
five persons sick aboard, of which number
M. de la Salle and the surgeon were, we
should make all the sail we could to reach
the first port of the island Hispaniola, being
that called Port de Paix, or Port Peace,
which resolution was accordingly registered.
The 20th we discovered the first land of
Ilispaniola, being Cape Samana, lying in
19 of north latitude, and of longitude 308.
The 25th we should have put into Port de
Paix, as had been concerted, and it was not
only the most convenient place for us to get
refreshments, but also the residence of M.
de Cussy, Governor of the island of Tortuga,
who knew that M. de la Salle carried
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