A VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY

BOOK
II
1797

Head, from its affecting our compass needles. North of this head is a fine sandy bay, with good anchorage, where we remained during our stay, having the sea open for two points of the compass, in which angle we saw distinctly the island of Tzima. The chart will best explain the harbour, which, without any pretensions to great accuracy, will answer every purpose to the navigator. It is the best our time, and the rejections we were under, enabled us to make: and to the sketch I refer for further particulars.

It will be observed how little opportunity we had to make any
remarks upon the customs and manners of these people, from
their avoiding as much as possible any intercourse with us. Indeed this treatment we have been universally accustomed to, both at the land of Insoo and the Lieuchieux islands. It appears by their behaviour they are by no means desirous of cultivating any intercourse whatever with strangers. They seemed to look upon us with great indifference, which I suppose was owing to the insignificancy of our vessel; or perhaps, their not comprehending what nation we belonged to, or what our pursuits were, made them solicitous for our departure, probably from a suspicion of our being pirates; or some other reason we could not divine.

The land surrounding the harbour was much insulated. rising
in parts to very high hills, destitute of wood-and verdure in general; but in some places were a few scattered pine trees. On the south side which is a peninsula, it was better wooded; and amongst the pines were other deciduous trees, but of what kinds we were unacquainted, as the jealousy of the people entirely prevented our acquiring any knowledge of the productions of the country. Indeed in no instance would they admit our researches.

 
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