Visit of Mutineers

Thishowever,Iknewnot,andthereforewasundercontinualapprehensionsforagoodwhile,andkeptalwaysuponmyguard,meandallmyarmy; foraswewerenowfourofus,Iwouldhaveventureduponahundredofthem,fairlyintheopenfield,atanytime. 

Inalittletime,however,nomorecanoesappearing,thefearoftheircomingworeoff,andIbegantotakemyformerthoughtsofavoyagetothemainintoconsideration; beinglikewiseassuredbyFriday’sfatherthatImightdependupongoodusagefromtheirnation,onhisaccount,ifIwouldgo. 

ButmythoughtswerealittlesuspendedwhenIhadaseriousdiscoursewiththeSpaniard, andwhenIunderstoodthatthereweresixteenmoreofhiscountrymenandPortuguese,who,havingbeencastaway,andmadetheirescapetothatside,livedthereatpeace,indeed,withthesavages,butwereverysoreputtoitfornecessaries,andindeedforlife. Iaskedhimalltheparticularsoftheirvoyage,andfoundtheywereaSpanishshipboundfromtheRiodelaPlatatotheHavana,beingdirectedtoleavetheirloadingthere,whichwaschieflyhidesandsilver,andtobringbackwhatEuropeangoodstheycouldmeetwiththere; thattheyhadfivePortugueseseamenonboard,whomtheytookoutofanotherwreck; thatfiveoftheirownmenweredrownedwhenthefirstshipwaslost,andthattheseescaped,throughinfinitedangersandhazards,andarrived,almoststarved,onthecannibalcoast,wheretheyexpectedtohavebeendevouredeverymoment. 

Hetoldmetheyhadsomearmswiththem,buttheywereperfectlyuseless,forthattheyhadneitherpowdernorball,thewashingoftheseahavingspoiledalltheirpowderbutalittle,whichtheyused,attheirfirstlanding,toprovidethemselvessomefood. 

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