an of Ramusio, III.
fol. 294, ed. 1665.
The design of Cortes remained but the offer of loyalty.
A voyage to the north-west was really under-
1525 taken by Stephen Gomez, an experienced naval officer, who had been with Magellan in the first memorable passage into the Pacific Ocean.
The expedition was decreed by the council for universally believed to exist.
His ship entered the bays of New York and New England; on old Spanish maps, that portion of our territory is marked as the Land of Gomez.
Failing to discover a passage, and fearful to return without success and without a freight, he filled his vessel with robust Indians, to be sold as slaves.
Briles to the cold and frozen north; in the south, and in the south only, they looked for great and exceeding riches.
Peter Martyr, d. VIII.
l. x. The adventure of Gomez had no political results.
It had been furthered by the enemies of Cabot, who was, at that time, in the service of Spain; and it established the reputation of the