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Surveys His Position
I MENTIONED before that I had a great mind to see the whole island, and that I had
travelled up the brook, and so on to where I built my bower, and where I had an opening
quite to the sea, on the other side of the island. I now resolved to travel quite across to the
sea-shore on that side; so, taking my gun, a hatchet, and my dog, and a larger quantity of
powder and shot than usual, with two biscuit-cakes and a great bunch of raisins in my
pouch for my store, I began my journey. When I had passed the vale where my bower
stood, as above, I came within view of the sea to the west, and it being a very clear day, I
fairly descried land - whether an island or a continent I could not tell; but it lay very high,
extending from the W. to the W.S.W. at a very great distance; by my guess it could not be
less than fifteen or twenty leagues off.
I could not tell what part of the world this might be, otherwise than that I knew it must be
part of America, and, as I concluded by all my observations, must be near the Spanish
dominions, and perhaps was all inhabited by savages, where, if I had landed, I had been
in a worse condition than I was now; and therefore I acquiesced in the dispositions of
Providence, which I began now to own and to believe ordered everything for the best; I
say I quieted my mind with this, and left off afflicting myself with fruitless wishes of
being there.
Besides, after some thought upon this affair, I considered that if this land was the Spanish
coast, I should certainly, one time or other, see some vessel pass or repass one way or
other; but if not, then it was the savage coast between the Spanish country and Brazils,
where are found the worst of savages; for they are cannibals or men-eaters, and fail not to
murder and devour all the human bodies that fall into their hands.
With these considerations, I walked very leisurely forward. I found that side of the island
where I now was much pleasanter than mine - the open or savannah fields sweet, adorned
with flowers and grass, and full of very fine woods. I saw abundance of parrots, and fain I
would have caught one, if possible, to have kept it to be tame, and taught it to speak to
me. I did, after some painstaking, catch a young parrot, for I knocked it down with a
stick, and having recovered it, I brought it home; but it was some years before I could
make him speak; however, at last I taught him to call me by name very familiarly. But the
accident that followed, though it be a trifle, will be very diverting in its place.
I was exceedingly diverted with this journey. I found in the low grounds hares (as I
thought them to be) and foxes; but they differed greatly from all the other kinds I had met
with, nor could I satisfy myself to eat them, though I killed several. But I had no need to
be venturous, for I had no want of food, and of that which was very good too, especially
these three sorts, viz. goats, pigeons, and turtle, or tortoise, which added to my grapes,
Leadenhall market could not have furnished a table better than I, in proportion to the
company; and though my case was deplorable enough, yet I had great cause for
thankfulness that I was not driven to any extremities for food, but had rather plenty, even
to dainties.