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might be near the middle of the island. As they were going along, to the right of the province called Samana, the Admiral sent on shore, with some little trifles, one of the Indians whom he had carried home from his first voyage. The same day, the Biscayan, who had been wounded by the Caribs who were taken captive, died; his death being occasioned by his imprudence. As they were sailing near the coast, a boat was sent on shore to bury him, and two caravels were sent to guard the boat. As soon as the boat touched the land, a great number of Indians came to it, some of whom wore gold on their necks and in their ears. They wished to return with the Christians to the ship ; but they did not choose to take them, because they had no permission from the Admiral; and when they found that they would not take them, two of the Indians got into a canoe, and came to one of the caravels, whose men received them on board, with their canoe, and took them to the Admiral's ship. They said, through an interpreter, one of the Indians that were brought back from Spain, that a king of that province had sent them, to learn what people they were, and that he invited them to land, and that he would give the Admiral much gold, and provisions, such as he had. The Admiral sent him some shirts, and caps, and other trifles, and said that, as he was going to the residence of Guacanarino, he could not stop; but that, at some other time, he might be able to visit him.
The squadron continued its voyage, till it came to a harbor, which the Admiral called Mt. Juan, and in which they remained two days, to make observation of the face of the country; for the Admiral had not yet found the spot, where he had left bis infant colony. They landed, and found, near the place, a river of excellent water, but the land was all marshy and unsuited for habitation. While they were observing the river and the land, some of the men fell in with two dead bodies, the one having a noose about the neck, and the other about the foot: and the next day, they found two other bodies, farther on, one of which was in such a condition, that they could perceive that it had much beard ; which led some of the men to suspect evil, the Indians, as has been said, being all without beard, and this harbor being but twelve leagues from the place where the Christians had
been left in the first voyage. After two days, they set sail for this place, where the men had been left under protection of the Indian king of that province, called Guacanari, who appeared to be one of the principal chiefs of the island. Late in the same day, they arrived off the place, on the right, but there being shoals in the neighborhood, and it being the same place where the Admiral had lost his ship in the former voyage, they did not dare to enter the harbor till the next morning, when they might sound their way, and go in safely: so they remained, during the night, a league from land. In the evening, before they had come to anchor, a canoe appeared in the distance, and in it five or six Indians, coming in haste towards the fleet. The Admiral, supposing they would follow till they overtook it, did not choose to wait for them; and they persevered in their attempt to reach the fleet, till they were about a gunshot' from it, when they stopped, to observe the ships, and seeing that they did not wait for them, they returned.
After they had anchored, the Admiral ordered two muskets to be fired, in order to see whether the Christians, who had been left with Guacanari, would answer; for they also had had muskets left with them : and the result of this experiment greatly afflicted the men, and excited a natural suspicion. While they were thus all filled with sadness, four or five hours having passed, the same canoe which they had before seen, came towards the fleet, the men in it calling out for the Admiral; and the captain of one of the caravels, which they first reached, brought them to the Admiral's ship. They would not speak till the Admiral bad first spoken to them, when they called for a light, that they might know him; and after they had recognised him, they went on board his ship. One of them was a favorite of Guacanari's; and after their first return, that evening, Guacanari had sent them back, with two baskets of gold, as presents, the one for the Admiral, and the other for the captain who was with him in the first voyage. They remained on board the ship, talking with the Admiral, in presence of all the rest, and expressing much pleasure, for three hours. Being asked concerning the Christians, who had been left there, the favorite answered that they were well, but that some of them had died from disease, and others in a quarrel, which
had broken out among them : that Guacanari was in another village, wounded in the leg; for which reason he had not come, but would come the next day : that two other kings, the one called Taonaboa, and the other Marienia, had come to fight him, and had burned his village. The same night, they returned, saying that they would come again the next day with Guacanari; and they departed, leaving the men on board the fleet greatly comforted. The next morning they remained waiting for Guacanari
, but he did not come; and in the mean time, some of the men went on shore, by the Admiral's command, and came to the village where Guacanari had been accustomed to reside, which they found burned, and to a house, tolerably fortified by a palisade, in which the Christians had dwelt, and which they had for their own, and this, too, they found burned and demolished. They found, also, some watch-cloaks and other garments, which the Indians had brought and thrown into the house. The Indians that they saw, were very shy, and would not venture to approach the Christians; but by throwing them beads, and hawk's-bells, and other trinkets, they allured to them a kinsman of Guacanari, and three others, who went on board the boat, and were carried to the ship. Being asked concerning the Christians, they answered that they could not have believed what had happened. The kinsman of Guacanari, being asked who had killed them, said it was King Caonaboa and King Marienia ; that they had burned the dwellings of the village, that many had been wounded, that Guacanari was so at that time in another village, and that he would go immediately and bring him. After something had been said in reply, he departed forth with for the place where Guacanari was, and they remained, all the rest of that day, waiting for him, but he never came.
The next day the Admiral went on shore, with some of his men, to the place where the town had stood, and where the Christians had been left, and found it entirely consumed : they saw the garments of the Christians in the grass, but found no dead body. Some suspected that Guacanari had slain them:- others asked, why should be burn his own town? The Admiral commanded that all the place, where the Christians had fortified themselves, should be dug over, because he had directed them, as soon as they obtained any
considerable amount of gold, to bury it: and while this was going on, he went to visit a place, a league distant, which had seemed to bim a good site for building a town. They came to a hamlet, of seven or eight huts, the Indians in which fled, as soon as they saw them, carrying off whatever of their property they could, and leaving the rest hidden in the grass near their huts. These were a race so brutish, that they had not sense enough to know where to steal to advantage: and being upon the sea-coast it was surprising to see how like brutes they lived, their huts filled with grass round about, and so mean, that it is a wonder how they lived. Here they found many things that had belonged to the Christians, such as a Moorish robe, which had never been unfolded, but remained just as it had been brought from Castile, and hose, and a part of the ship that was lost in the first voyage, and pieces of cloth, and other things: they found also some things, which had been kept with great care by the natives, -a little wicker vessel, much mended, and the skull of a man, very choicely kept, which they supposed might be that of a father, or mother, or of some king, preserved as a relic, agreeably to some custom of the country. From this place, the Admiral and his companions returned to the spot where the town had stood, and found many Indians, with the men whom he had left there digging in search of any gold which might have been bidden there by the Christians; and they had assisted them in finding gold to the amount of a mark's weight,* and had shown them where were the dead bodies of the Christians, already covered by the grass, which had grown above them. These Indians all said, with one voice, that Caonaboa and Marienia had slain them; but they declared that the Christians kept three or four wives each, which, with the jealousy excited by their doings with the Indian women, and some outrages committed by them, which had aroused the people to put them to death, had been the cause of the calamity, that had befallen these unhappy men.
The next morning, because he had no convenient place, in which to remain till he could ascertain the truth of all this, the Admiral sent a caravel to explore in one direction, while
he himself went in the opposite; and he found a very safe harbor, with a shore excellently suited for mooring vessels. When he returned, the caravel, which had taken the other direction, and in which had gone Melchor, and four or five others, all cavaliers of worth, had already arrived. As these were coasting along, a canoe came towards them, with two Indians, one a brother of Guacanari, whom a pilot on board the caravel recognised, and called out “ Who goes there?" They answered, as the pilot said, that Guacanari begged them to come on shore, to the place where he was residing, which was a town of some sixty dwellings. The principal men in the caravel went on shore, to the place where Guacanari was, and found him lying in his bed, playing the part of a sick and wounded man.
man. They conversed with him, asking concerning the Christians, and in reply, he told the same story as the rest ; that Caonboa and Mariena had killed them, and had wounded him in his thigh, which he showed them, bound up, so that they believed it was as he said. When they took their leave, he gave each one a trinket of gold, according to what he supposed to be the rank of each, judging from their dress. The Indians wrought the gold into very thin leaves, for masks; they also fashioned it to be worn upon the head, and to hang from the ears and nostrils; and for all these purposes, they wrought it with much delicacy, as, indeed, they must. They kept none of it as an article of wealth, or a thing of great value, but only
for its beauty
Guacanari, by signs, or as he best could, desired his visiters to ask the Admiral to come and see him, as he was thus wounded; and as soon as the Admiral arrived, they told him their adventure, and the Admiral determined, the next morning, to go as Guacanari requested. He arrived at the place, with his companions, within three hours, the distance from the fleet being about three leagues. When they arrived, it being the hour for eating, the Admiral ate before landing, and then immediately ordered all the captains to put off in their boats for the shore ; for, before they started, that morning, Guacanari's brother had come to speak with the Admiral, and urge him to make haste to go where Gua
The Admiral went on shore, and with him all his men of note, in such gallant trim, that even in a large