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[36] ward voyage; and, when I had gone eight leagues farther, I found on the other side of a point, which I called the Needle,1 one of the most lovely countries in the world, and very thickly peopled. It was three o'clock in the morning when I reached it; and, seeing its verdure and beauty, I resolved to anchor there, and communicate with the inhabitants. Some of the natives came out to the ship in canoes, to beg me, in the name of their king, to go on shore. And, when they saw that I paid no attention to them, they came to the ship in their canoes in countless number; many of them wearing pieces of gold on their breasts, and some with bracelets of pearl on their arms.


V.—Columbus thinks himself near the earthly paradise.

[from the same narrative. It was generally believed, in the time of Columbus, that the garden of Eden, or earthly paradise, still existed somewhere on the globe. Irving's Columbus (Appendix) gives an account of these views.]


I have always read, that the world comprising the land and water was spherical, as is testified by the investigations of Ptolemy and others, who have proved it by the eclipses of the moon, and other observations made from east to west, as well as by the elevation of the pole from north to south. But I have now seen so much irregularity, as I have already described, that I have come to another conclusion respecting the earth; namely, that it is not round, as they describe, but of the

1 Now called Point Alcatraz, or Point Pelican.

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