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1 Or Islands of the Blessed—the modern Canaries.
2 Supposed to be the modern island of Fuerteventura.
3 Supposed to be that now called Ferro.
4 Probably the modern Gomera. In B. iv. c. 36, Pliny mentions them as six in number, there being actually seven.
5 He does not appear on this occasion to reckon those already men- tioned as belonging to the group of the Fortunatæ Insulæ.
6 The present Isle of Teneriffe.
7 Supposed to be that now called Gran Canaria.
8 The smoothness of its surface.
9 It is impossible to see clearly what he means. Littré says that it has been explained by some to mean, that from the Purpurariæ, or Madeira Islands, it is a course of 250 miles to the west to the Fortunate or Canary Islands; but that to return from the Fortunatæ to the Purpurariæ, required a more circuitous route in an easterly direction.
10 Or Pluvialia, the Rainy Island, previously mentioned.
11 Salmasius thinks that the sugar-cane is here alluded to. Hardouin says that in Ferro there still grows a tree of this nature, known as the "holy tree."
12 Or the Lesser Junonia; supposed to be the same as the modern Lanzarote.
13 Or "Snow Island," the same as that previously called Invallis, the modern Teneriffe, with its snow-capped peak.
14 So called from its canine inhabitants.
15 As to the silurus, see B. ix. c. 17.
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