not escape detraction.1
He gave England
and no one knows his burial-place.
It was after long solicitations, that Columbus
had obtained the opportunity of discovery.
Upon the certainty of success, a throng of adventurers eagerly engaged in voyages, to explore the New World, or to plunder its inhabitants.
The king of Portugal
, grieved at having neglected Columbus
, readily favored an expedition for northern discovery.
appointed commander of the enterprise.
He reached the shores of North America
, ranged the coast for a
distance of six or seven hundred miles, and carefully observed the country and its inhabitants.
The most northern point3
which he attained, was probably about the fiftieth degree.
Of the country along which he sailed, he had occasion to admire the brilliant freshness of the verdure, and the density of the stately forests The pines, well adapted for masts and yards, promised to become an object of gainful commerce.
But men were already with the Portuguese an established article of traffic; the inhabitants of the American
coast seemed well fitted for labor; and Cortereal
freighted his ships with more than fifty Indians
, whom, on his return, he sold as slaves.
It was soon resolved to renew the ex-
pedition; but the adventurer never returned.
His death was ascribed to a combat with the natives, whom he desired to kidnap; the name of Labrador