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When our Men found this, it made their Hearts relent, and Pity mov'd them, especially the Spaniard Governour, who was a molt gentlemanly generous minded Man, as ever I met with in my Life ; and he propos’d, if possible, to take one of them alive, and bring him to understand what they meant, so far as to be able to act as Interpreter, and to go among them and see if they might be brought to some Conditions, that might be depended upon to save their Lives, and do us no Spoil.

It was some while before any of them could be taken, but being weak and half-starv'd, one of them was at last surpriz'd and made a Prisoner ; he was fullen at first, and would neither eat or drink, but finding himself kindly used, and Vi&tuals given him, and no Violence offer'd him, he at last grew tractable and came to himself.

They brought old Friday to him, who talk'd often with him, and told him how kind the other would be to them all, that they would not only save their Lives, but would give them a Part of the Illand to live in, provided they would give Satisfaction that they would keep in their own Bounds, and not come beyond it, to injure or prejudice others, and that they should have Corn given them, to plant and make it grow for their Bread, and some Bread given them for their present Subsistence; and old Friday bad the Fellow go and talk with the rest of his Countrymen, and see what they faid to it, arfuring them, that if they did not agree iminediately, they fhould be all destroy'd.

The poor Wretches thoroughly humbled, and reducd in Number to about 37, clofed with the Proposal at the first offer, and begg’d to have some Food given them; upon which, twelve Spaniards and two English Men wellarm’d, with three Indian Slaves, and old Friday, march'd to the place where they were, the three Indian Slaves carry'd them a large Quantity of Bread; some Rice boild up to Cakes, and dry'd in the Sun; and three live Goats; and they were order'd to go to the side of a Hill, where they sat down, eat the Provisions very thankfully, and were the most faithful Fellows to their Words, that could be thought of; for, except when they came to beg Viêtuals and Dire&tions, they never came out of their Bounds; and there they liv'd when I came to the Island, and I went to see them.

They had taught them both to plant Corn, make Bread, breed came Goats and milk them; they wanted nothing but Wives, and they soon would have been a Nation. They were confin'd to a Neck of Land, surrounded with high Rocks behind them, and lying plain towards the Sea before them, on the South-east Corner of the Isand : They had Land enough, and it was very good and fruitful; they had a piece of Land about a Mile and half broad, three or four Mile in length,

Our Men taught them to make wooden Spades, such as I made for my self, and gave them among

them twelve Harchers, and three or four Knives, and there they liy'd the moft


subjected innocent Creatures that ever were heard of.

After this, the Colony enjoy'd a perfeet Tranquillity with respect to the Savages, till I came to revisit them, which was above two Years: Not, but that now and then some Canoes of Savages came on Shore for their triumphal unnatural Feafts, but as they were of several Nations, and perhaps had never heard of those that came before, or the Reason of it, they did not make any Search or Enquiry after their Countrymen, and if they had, it would have been very hard to have found them out.

Thus, I think, I have given a full Account of all that happen'd to them, to my return, at least that was worth Notice. The Indians or Şavages were wonderfully civilliz’d by them, and they frequently went among them, but forbid on Pain of Death, any one of the Indians coming to them, because they would not have their Settlement betray'd again.

One Thing was very remarkable, (viz.) that they taught the Savages to make Wicker-work, or Baskets; but they loon out-did their Masters; for they made abundance of moft ingenious Things in Wicker-work; particularly, all forts of Baskets, Sieves, Bird-Cages, Cup-boards, Go. as also Chairs to fit on, Stools, Beds, Couches, and abundance of other Things, being very ingenious at such Work, when they were once put in the way of it,

My coming was a particular Relief to these People, because we furnished them with Knives,


Scisfers, Spades, Shovels, Pick-axes, and all Things of that kind which they could want.

With the Help of these Tools, they were so very handy, that they came at last to build up their Hurs, or Houses, very handsomely; radling or working it up like Basket-work all the way round, which was a very extraordinary Piece of Ingenuity, and look'd very odd, but was an exceeding good Fence, as well against Heat, as against all sorts of Vermine, and our Men were lo taken with it, that they got the wild Savages to come and do the like for them; so that when I came to see the two Englih Mens Colonies, they look’d at a distance, as if they liv'd all, like Bees in a Hive ; and as for W. Atkins, who was now become a very industrious necessary and sober Fellow, he had made himself such a Tent of Basket-work as I believe was never seen ; it was 120 Paces round in the out-side, as I measur'd by my Steps ; the Walls were as close work'd as a Basket in Pannels, or Squares of 32 in Number, and very strong, standing about seven Foot high; in the middle was another, not above 22 Paces round, but built stronger, being Eight-square in its Form, and in the eight Corners stood eight very strong Posts, round the top of which he laid strong Pieces pinn'd together with wooden Pins, from which he rais'd a Piramid for a Roof of eight Rafters, very handsome I assure you, and join'd together very well, tho he had no Nails, and only a few Iron Spikes, which he made himself too, out of the old Iron that I had left there ; and indeed this Fellow thew'd abundance of Ingenuity in several Things, which he had no Knowledge of ; hç made him a Forge, with


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a pair of wooden Bellows to blow the Fire ; he made himself Charcoal for his work, and he form'd out of one of the Iron Crows, a middling good Anvil to hammer upon; in this manner he made many Things, but especially Hooks, Staples and Spikes, Bolts and Hinges; but to return to the House, after he had pitch'd the Roof of his inner-most Tent, he work'd it up between the Rafters with Basket-work, fo firm, and thatch'd that over again so ingeniously with Rice-straw, and over that a large Leaf of a Tree, which cover'd the Top, that his House was as dry as if it had been tild or slated. Indeed he own'd that the Savages made the Basket-work for him.

The outer Circuit was cover'd, as a Lean too, all round this inner Appartment, and long Rafters lay from the two and thirty Angles to the top Posts of the inner Houle, being about 20 Foot distant ; so that there was a Space like a Walk within the outer Wicker-wall, and without the inner, near 20 Foot wide.

The inner Place he partition'd off with the same Wicker-work, but much fairer, and divided it into six Appartments, so that he had fix Rooms on a Floor ; and out of every one of these there was a Door, first into the Entry or Coming into the Main-tent, and another Door into the Space or Walk that was round it, so that Walk was also divided into fix equal Parts, which serv'd not only for Retreat, but to store up any Necessaries which the Family had occafion fór. These fix Spaces not taking up the whole Circumference, what other Appartments the outer Circle had, were thus order'd: As soon


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