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ing for us to embark because most of his
men deserted or were debauched by the inhabitants
of the place; and the vessel called
L'Aimable, being the worst sailor of our
little squadron, it was resolved that she
should carry the light, and the others to follow
it. M. de la Salle, M. Cavelier, his
brother; the Fathers Zenobrius and Anastasius,
both Recollets; M. Chedeville and I
embarked on the said Aimable, and all sailed
the 25th of November.
We met with some calms and some violent
winds, which, nevertheless, carried us
in sight of the island of Cuba on the 30th
of the same month, and it then bore from
us N. W. There we altered our course and
steered W. and by N. The 3Ist the weather,
being somewhat close, we lost sight of that
island, then stood W. N. W., and the sky
clearing up, made an observation at noon
and found we were in I9 45' of north latitude,
by which we judged that the current
had carried us off to sea from the island of
On the first of December we discovered
the island of Cayman. The 2d we steered
N. W. and by W., in order to come up with
the island of Cuba, in the northern latitude
of 200 32'. The 3d we discovered the little
island of Pines, lying close to Cuba. The
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