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apparel, he had the skin of a beast as well as the rest, and were pleaf. clumsily fewed together, but a ed with their gingling found; beaft as strange as that was that, but, when they found themselves wore it, every way unaccount. hampered and betrayed, they im. able, neither mule, horse, nor plored the aid of some superior

camel, but something of every and invisible being, by the name : one, the ears of the first, the tail of Setebos ; upon this occasion

of the second, and the shape and their strength appeared to be probody of the last; it was one en. portionable to their bulk, for one tire suit, all of one piece from of them defeated the utmost efforts head to foot; as' his breast and of nine men, and though they back were covered with it above, had him down, and tied his hands so his legs and feet were wrapped tightly, yet he freed himself from up in it below, The arms that he his bonds, and got loose, in fpite brought with him were a stout bow of all their endeavours to detain and arrow :

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a gut or finew of the proportion to their ftrength; the beast whose kin covered him, and admiral gave them the name of the arrows were ţipped with Marp Patagons, and took notice of the ftones.

following words; bread, capar Magellan, the admiral, made water, oli; black, amel; red, him eat and drink, and he enjoyed cheiche; red cloth, cherecai. They himself very comfortably till he tie up their hair, though it is short, happened to peep into a looking- with a cotton lace.

They have glass that was given him among no fixed habitations, but certaio other trifles : This put him into a moveable cottages, which they fright from which he could not easi. carry from place to place as their ly recover, so that starting back fancy leads them; these cottages with violence, he threw two of the are covered with the same fkin that men who stood by him to the covers their bodies. A certain ground. This giant, however, sweet root, which they call by the fared so well, notwithstanding his . name they give to bread, capar, is fright by the looking-glass, that a considerable part of their food; the Spaniards had quickly the what flesh they eat is devoured company of more ; one in par. raw. ticular 'made himself mighty fa. They practise phyfic. but in miliar, and shewed so much plea- two articles, vomiting and phle. fantry and good humour, that the botomy, and both in a very exEuropeans were greatly pleased traordinary manner. To vomit with his company:

they thruft an arrow a foot and Magellan was defirous of mak. a half down the throat and to ing some of these gigantic people bleed, they give the part affected, prisoners, and with this view his whether leg, arm, or face, a good crew filled their hands with toys chop with some harp inftru. and little things that pleased them; ment." and in the mean time put iron Such is the account of the Pata. shackles upon their legs at first gons, as given by Harris, who says they thought them fine play-things he has taken the utmost paios to give it in the clearest manner pof- rows a-piece : They seemed not fible, by comparing all the different altogether ignorant of martial difrelations of the Portuguese and cipline, as appeared by their meSpanish writers; and it is to be thod of ordering and ranging their hoped, that no man can read the men. They were the nation which account of the violence and per. Magellan called Patagons." fidy practised against these blame. The latitude of this island is not less, friendly, unsuspecting peo- particularly mentioned; it muft ple, without indignation. Harris, have been about 46 or 42. There however, suffers it to pass without is some difference in the accounts animadversion; and probably de- of their cloathing ; Magellan says fcribed this attempt of Magellan they were cloathed from head to to betray the confidence of a rea- foot; Drake, that they were cosonable being, and to force him in- vesed only round the waist, and to exile and misery, with as much upon the head ; but this may eaphlegm as he would the snaring a fly be accounted for, because tyger, or hooking a fish.

Magellan wintered with them, and Magellan himself was afterwards Drake faw them in summer. killed in an hoftile attempt to ex- These giants are next mentioned tort tribute from a king of Mathan, in an account of a voyage round or Matahan, one of the Ladrone the world, by Sir Thomas CavenInands, to which he had juft as dish : Of which Harris's epitome much right as the king of Mathan is as follows: had to tribute from Spain.

“ Sailing from Cape Frio, in The Patagons are next men. the Brasils, they fell in upon the tioned in an account of the voyage coast of America, in 47 d. 20 m. of Sir Francis Drake; but in north, (it should be south) latitude. Harris's epitome their ftature is not They proceeded to port Defire, in particularly ascertained. The pa- latitude 50. Here the favages ragraph relating to them being wounded two of the company only as follows:

with their arrows, which are made « In failing south from the river of cane, headed with Aints. A of Plate, in latitude 36 S. they wild and rude sort of creatures came to a good bay, in which they were ; and, as it seemed, of were several pretty ißands ; the a gigantic race, the measure of admiral being on shore in one of one of their feet being 18 inches these islands, the people came danc. in length, which, reckoning by ing and leaping about him, and the usual proportion, will give were very free to trade; they were about 7 feet and an half for their a comely strong-bodied people, ve- ftature.” Harris says, that this ry swift of foot, and of a brisk live. agrees very exactly with the ac1y conftitution; their faces were count given of them by Magellan, painted, and their apparel only a but in his epitome of Magellan's covering of the skins of beasts, account, he says that the head of with the furon, about their waists, one of his middle-sized men reachand something wreathed about ed but to ihe Patagonian's waist; their heads; they had bows an ell which, fuppofing Magellan's man long, but no more than two are to be but s fees 6 inches high, will make the Patagonian 9 at least. them to the cave which contained He says, indeed, that Magellan their wives and children, and killa gave them the name of Patagons, ed every one of them. When because their ftature was five cu- these ruffians. Tufhed in, the woa bits, or seven feet:fix, but, if fó, men covered their infants with his own account is inconsistent with their own bodies, that they might itself, neither has he told us, in receive the first stab; the Dutch what language Patagon expreffes did not, indeed, murder these this stature.

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forlorn and defenceless wretches Oliver Noort, the first Dutch- in cold blood, but having butchers man that attempted a voyage rounded the fathers and husbands, they the world, performed his expedis took away fix of the children, tion between the years 1598 and four boys and two girls, and car1601, and the account he gives ried them on thipboard. It is of the inhabitants of these parts, impoffible for any man whose feel, as abridged by Harris, is to the ings of bumanity have not been following effect :

obtunded by selfhness or superfti “ He went up

the river at Port tion, to read the accounts of the Desire, and going on shore found discoveries and fettlements of the beasts like ftags and buffaloes, also people of Europe, in other parts some favages, who, he fays, were of the world, without regretting tall portly men, painted, and armed their succ'aís, and wishing that with short bows and arrows, that they had all perished in the lake were headed with stone.

tempt. In these expeditions they These beafts, like buffaloes, pro- have filled the earth with violence, bably furnished the skins that Ma- and, as far as their influence could gellan described to have the ears of extend, diffused wickedness and an ass, the tail of a horse, and the misery, by every violation of the Tiape of a camel, for the buffalo laws of nature, that the mot has a bunch upon his back.

wanton cruelty and fordid avarise Having afterwards entered the could prompt, while they. diftinStreights, they saw some men up- guished themselves from thofe on two islands, near a cape which whom they destroyed, and enis here called cape Nassau. There flaved, by the name of christians, is no cape marked either in the and gloried in the refinements of chart or map prefixed to Harris's honour, which, looking down upcollection by that name, nor has on mere moral obligation, prehe told us to which of the capes tends to merit beyond the limits pf that are marked this name was duty. given by the Dutch. These fa. One of the boys thus brought vages having now; by fad expe- on board Van Noort's feer, learnt rience, been taught to regard every the Dutch language, and gave European as an enemy, thook their intelligence to the following efweapons against the Dutch, in fect: ihat the inhabitants of che hopes to prevent their landing. continent near the island from The Dutch, however, did land up- which he had been taken, were on one of the islands, and the poor divided into different tribes; that Indians retreating, they pursued three of these tribes, which he

diftinguished by the names of human inhabitant; they saw, how. Kemenetes, Kenekin, aud Kan ever, several graves containing boraicks, were of the common size, dies of the ordinary size, or rabut broader breafted and painted ther below it; and the favages all over; and that there was ano. they saw from time to rime'in ca. ther tribe, which he called Tin noes, appeared to be under fix riminen, who were of a gigantic feet bigh. ftature, being 10 or 12 feet high, In the history of the voyage of and continualy at war with the Capt. Cowley, an Englishman, other tribes.

which was undertaken in 1683, This boy gave an account of we have an account of giants in the cloathing and appearance of deed, but in a country very distant the inhabitants of this country, from Patagonia. In lat, 13 deg. very different from those already 30 min. north, and, about 143 transcribed; for he said the men east longitude, lies the ifland of wore their hair long, that the wo- Guam, it is one of the Ladrone men were haved, and that both Islands, and was then in the pole went naked except a cloak of Pen. session of the Spaniards, who had guin's skins, which reached to their a governor and garrison there. waist,"

The Indian inhabitants of this Sebald de Weert, another Dutch. island, Cowley says, were all well man, failed to the Streights of Ma. made, active, vigorous, and some gellan in the year 1598, -and in of them seven feet and an half his account are the following par. high. Capt. Cowley took, as he siculars. He detached two loops says four of these infidels prisoto an island near the mouth of the ners, which to be sure, being himStreights, to catch sea-dogs. When felf a good christian, he had a these floops came near the shore, right to do; and it appeared by the they perceived seven canoes, with fequel of the account, that he savages on board, that were ten treated them as other good chrifor eleven feet high, of a reddish tians, had treated infidels, which colour, and with long hair. They strength or cunning had put into are farcher described as being na. their power. “We brought them ked, except one who had a sea.' on board, says he, tying their dog's skin about his shoulders; and hands behind them, but they had it is remarkable chat de Weert was not been long there before three on this coaft in May, which is of them leaped overboard into the there a winter month.

sea, swimming away from the ship In the account given of the with their hands bound behind voyage of George Spilbergen, we them; we sent a boat after them, are rold that on the coast of Terra and found that a strong man at the del Fuego,, which is to the south first blow could not penetrate their of Magellan's Streights, his peo. skins with a cutlass. One of them ple saw a man of a gigantic Ita. had received, in my judgment, forė, climbing the hills to take a forty shots in his body betore he view of the feet bot, though they died, and the laft of the three that went on lore, they faw no other was killed had fwam a good En

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glish mile; though his hands were count given of the Indian natives not only tied behind him, but his of Guam, by Cowley. The giants, arms pinioned.”

four of whom he says he took priThus it appears that these three soners, and three of whom he poor naked wretches were all mur. murdered, must have been fami. dered in cold blood, because they liar to the Spaniards, and confeendeavoured to escape from those quently, their existance recorded who, without provocation, had in. by Spanish writers of credit, fo as juriously and cruelly seized them to make the fact as well known by violence, in their native coun. and believed as the existence of try; and were carrying them as the island itself. Of the other acflaves into exile. Harris tells the counts, our readers must judge for ftory, without the least intimation themselves. that any thing had been done to these infidels, which a good chrif. tian might not juftify:

Catherine Vade's Preface to the Tales In an account of Capt. George of William Vade. From the Shelvoc's voyage, which was un- French of M. de Voltaire. dertaken in the year 1719, there is the following paragraph.-"M. Still lament the death of my Friziere gives us an account that coufin William Vadé, who the Indians inhabiting the conti. died, as all the world knows nent to the south of this island some years ago. He was attacked (the island of Chiloe, which lies by the small-pox : I nursed him, off the coast of Chili, about lat. and said to him with tears, “ Ah! 42 S. and long. about 72 W. of my coufin ; see the consequence of London). are called Chronos; that your not being inoculated : It cost they go quite naked, and that in your brother Anthony his life, the inland part there is a race of who was, like you, one of the men of an extraordinary fize, call. lights of the age."

* What ed Cacahues, who being in amity would you have me fay" se with the Chronos, have sometimes plied William ; " I waited for come with them to the dwellings leave from the Sorbonne, and I of the Spaniards at Chiloe. He am convinced that I muft die for adds, that he was credibly in. having been too fcrupulous." formed by several who had been “ The state" answered I, “ will eye-witnesses, that some were a. have a dreadfal loss." « Ah!" bout nine or ten feet high. Who cried William; “ Alexander and Frezier was, Mr. Harris, though brother Bertier are dead, Semi. he quotes him, does not tell us. ramis and Tillon, Sophocles and His story is certainly fabulous, Danchet are dust and ashes."'for the whole coast of Chili, and 6 Yes, my dear cousin, but their the island of Chiloe, having been great names will live for ever. long in poffefsion of the Spaniards Would you not survive in your the existence of a gigantic race in noblest part? Will you not allow those parts; if real, would have me to give the public, for their been long out of doubt. The consolation, those old-womens fto: fame objection lies against the ac- ries with which you amused. 16

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