The History of the Discovery and Conquest of the Canary Islands

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D. Chamberlaine & J. Williams, 1767 - Canary Islands

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Page 117 - On the top of this rock grows a tree, called in the language of the ancient inhabitants, Garse, ie Sacred or Holy Tree, which for many years has been preserved sound, entire and fresh.
Page 116 - ... water distils from the leaves of a tree. Many writers have made mention of this famous tree ; some in such a manner as to make it appear miraculous ; others again deny the existence of any such tree, among whom is Father Feyjoo, •a modern Spanish author, in his
Page 116 - The great cattle are watered at those fountains, and at a place where water distils from the leaves of a tree. Many writers have made mention of this famous tree...
Page 116 - ... the name of a fountain. More to the northward is another 'called Hapio; and in the middle of the island is a spring, yielding a stream about the thickness of a man's finger.
Page 121 - We obfei ved the foil where it grew " to be very ftony ; and, upon the niceft en" quiry we could afterwards make, both of •" the natives of the country and the Spanifh " inhabitants, we could not learn there was " any fuch tree known throughout New Spain, nor " nor perhaps all America over : but I do not '< relate this as a prodigy in nature, becaufe I " am not philofopher enough to afcribe any " natural caufe for it ; the learned may, per" haps, give fubftantial reafon in nature, for " what appeared...
Page 93 - ... they feemed like the ocean, only the furface of them was not quite fo blue and fmooth, but had the appearance of. very white wool ; and where this cloudy ocean, as I may .call it, touched the fhore, it feemed to foam like billows breaking on the fhore.
Page 120 - We could not help looking on this as liquor fent from heaven to comfort us under great extremity. We caught what we could of it in our hands, and drank very plentifully of it ; and liked it fo well, that we could hardly prevail with ourfelves to give over.
Page 117 - The circumference of all the branches together is one hundred and twenty feet. The branches are thick and extended ; the lowest commence about the height of an ell from the ground.
Page 67 - Englifh fhips were at that time in the bay, the crews of which prudently cut away their mafts, and fo rode out the ftorm fefely.
Page 36 - ... againft the wall, in fuch a manner that one end refted on the top of the wall and the other on the ground, at a confiderable diftance from the -bottom of it; thefe they covered with branches of trees, fern, &c.

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