Malo with two ships of threescore tons' apiece burden, and sixty-one well-appointed men in each one. . . .
[Cartier sailed first to Newfoundland, and then made further discoveries.]Upon Thursday, being the 8th of the month,1 because the wind was not good to go out with our ships, we set our boats in a readiness to go and discover the said bay; and that day we went twenty-five leagues within it. The next day, the wind and weather being fair, we sailed until noon, in which time we had notice of a great part of said bay, and how that over the low lands, there were other lands with high mountains: but, seeing that there was no passage at all, we began to turn back again, taking our way along the coast; and, sailing, we saw certain wild men that stood upon the shore of a lake, that is among the low grounds, who were making fires and smoke. We went thither, and found that there was a channel of the sea that did enter into the lake; and, setting our boats at one of the banks of the channel, the wild men with one of their boats came unto us, and brought up pieces of seals ready sodden,2 putting them upon pieces of wood; then retiring themselves, they would make signs unto