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Richard of Jamestown by  James Otis

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THE FIRST ISLAND

IT is to be remembered that our fleet left London on the twentieth day of December, and, as I have since heard Captain Smith read from the pages which he wrote concerning the voyage, it was on the twenty-third of March that we were come to the island of Martinique, where for the first time Nathaniel Peacock and I saw living savages.

When we were come to anchor, they paddled out to [30] our ships in frail boats called canoes, bringing many kinds of most delicious fruits, which we bought for such trumpery things as glass beads and ornaments of copper.


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It was while we lay off this island that we saw a whale attacked and killed by a thresher and a swordfish, which was a wondrous sight.


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