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la Salle, who presented the one-half to M.
That island is all over very thick wooded,
the trees being of several sorts, and some of
them bear a fruit resembling the acorn, but
harder. There are abundance of parrots,
larger than those at Petit Gouave; a great
number of turtle doves and other birds, and
a sort of creatures resembling a rat, but as
big as a cat, their hair reddish. Our men
killed many of them and fed heartily on
them, as they did on a good quantity of
fish, wherewith that coast abounds.
We embarked again as soon as the two
men who had strayed were returned, and on
the 8th, being the feast of the Conception of
the Blessed Virgin, sailed in the morning,
after having heard mass, and, the wind
shifting, were forced to steer several
courses. The 9th we discovered Cape Corrientes,
of the island of Cuba, where we
were first becalmed, and then followed a
stormy wind, which carried us away five
leagues to the eastward. The Ioth we spent
the night making several trips. The IIth,
the wind coming about, we weathered Cape
I Corrientes, to make that of St. Antony; and
at length, after plying a considerable time
and sounding, we came to an anchor the
12th, upon good ground, in fifteen fathom
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