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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, A book of American explorers, chapter 1 (search)
above them, so that they all awoke. Thus said the call, Awake, Thorvald, and all thy company, if thou wilt keep thy life; and fare thou to thy ship, and all thy men, and fare from the land of the quickest. i.e., as quickly as possible. Then came from the firth innumerable skin-boats, and made toward them. Throvald said then, We will set up our battle-shields, and guard ourselves the best we can, but fight little against them. So they did, and the Skraelings Probably Esquimaux, or Indians. shot at them for a while, but then fled, each as fast as he could. Then Thorvald asked his men if any of them was hurt: they said they were not hurt. I have got a hurt under the arm, said he; for an arrow flew between the bulwarks and the shield under my arm; and here is the arrow, and that will be my death. Now I counsel that ye make ready as quickly as may be to return; but ye shall bear me to the headland which I thought the likeliest place to build. It may be it was a true word I
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, A book of American explorers, chapter 2 (search)
reatly afflicted, a multitude of Indians collected together on shore to burn the ships, and kill us all, pretending that they were going to make war against other Indians. . . . Upon his consulting me as to the best manner of proceeding so as clearly to ascertain what was the intention of the people, I offered to go to them with on undertook, though more certain of death than of life in the result. After journeying along the beach up to the River of Veragua, I found two canoes of strange Indians, who related to me more in detail, that these people were indeed collected together to burn our ships, and kill us all, and that they had forsaken their purpose is liable to do from the lowness of the gunwales. I also fixed a mast in it, set up a sail, and laid in the necessary provisions for myself, one Spaniard, and six Indians, making eight in all, which was as many as the canoe would hold. I then bade farewell to his lordship and all the others, and proceeded along the coast of Jamai
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, A book of American explorers, chapter 4 (search)
p again:— ‘They groaned, they stirred, they all uprose, Nor spake, nor moved their eyes: It had been strange, even in a dream, To see those dead men rise.’ The day on which we arrived here was the 6th of November. Ii.—Cabeza de Vaca saved by Indians. After the people had eaten, I ordered Lope de Oviedo, who had more strength, and was stouter, than any of the rest, to go to some trees that were near, and, having climbed into one of them, to survey the country in which we were, and endeavoin quest of Christians. He put me off every year, saying that in the next coming we would go. At last I got him off, crossing him over the bay, and over four rivers there are in the coast, as he could not swim. In this way we went on with some Indians, until coming to a bay a league in width, and everywhere deep. From its appearance, we supposed it to be that which they call Espiritu Santo. We met some Indians on the other side of it, who came to visit ours; and they told us that beyond
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, A book of American explorers, chapter 6 (search)
to the country, to see if they could take any Indians; and the captain, John Rodriguez Lobillo, anointo the plain field, he espied ten or eleven Indians, among whom was a Christian, which was naked Sirs, I am a Christian Slay me not, nor these Indians; for they have saved my life. And straightwae houses of the town issued a great number of Indians, which compassed them about, and took them inffer up unto him the lives and blood of their Indians, or of any other people they can come by; andy came to the town, with great outcries, many Indians came forth against him, and began to compasse still, there came to the camp six principal Indians, and said they came to see what people they w cacique came with two hundred canoes full of Indians, with their bows and arrows, painted, and witacique of Guachoya, and brought with him many Indians, with great store of fish, dogs, deer's skinsat current; and on both sides there were many Indians; and his power Military force. was not now
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, A book of American explorers, chapter 7 (search)
showed him with his hand the limits of his habitation. After much other talk, the Indian desired leave to depart, because it drew toward night, which Capt. Albert granted him very willingly. . . . [They afterward went to a feast among these Indians.] When the feast, therefore, was finished, our men returned unto Charlesfort, where having remained but a while, their victuals began to wax short, which forced them to have recourse unto their neighbors, and to pray them to succor them in t first, and almost ready to fall into despair; but that good God, which never forsaketh the afflicted, did succor them in their necessity. As they were in these perplexities, King Audusta and Maccou came to them, accompanied with two hundred Indians, at the least, whom our Frenchmen went forth to meet withal, and showed the king in what need of cordage they stood; who promised them to return within two days, and to bring so much as should suffice to furnish the pinnace with tackling. Our m
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, A book of American explorers, chapter 10 (search)
ne, being Friday, we weighed, and with indifferent fair wind and weather came to anchor the 23d of July, being also Friday, in all bare five weeks, before Exmouth. Your Lordship's to command, John Brereton. Ii.—Captain Waymooth captures Indians, and explores the Penobscot River. [Captain George Waymouth, or Weymouth, sailed from England in 1605.] Wednesday the twenty-ninth day [of May], our shallop being now finished, and our captain and men furnished to depart with her from thonly a year later than Virginia. Iv.—Captain Gilbert's adventure with the Indians. [Captain Gilbert, the companion of Captain Popham, went up the River Kennebec, or Sachadehoc, in a shallop with nineteen men, and had this adventure with Indians.] In the morning there came a canoe unto them, and in her a sagamo Chief. and four savages,—some of those which spoke to them the night before. The sagamo called his name Lebenoa, and told us how he was lord of the River Sachadehoc. They<
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, A book of American explorers, chapter 12 (search)
hat come from the mainland to the said islands. We caught a quantity of them. There is also quite a number of beavers, as well in the river as in several other streams which fall into it. These parts, though agreeable, are not inhabited by any Indians, in consequence of their wars. They retire from the rivers as far as possible, deep into the country, in order not to be so soon discovered. Next day, we entered the lake, which is of considerable extent, some fifty or sixty leagues, where I saw four beautiful islands, ten, twelve, and fifteen leagues in length, formerly inhabited, as well as the Iroquois River, by Indians, but abandoned since they have been at war the one with the other. Several rivers, also, discharge into the lake, surrounded by a number of fine trees similar to those we have in France, with a quantity of vines handsomer than any I ever saw; a great many chestnuts; and I had not yet seen, except the margin of the lake, where there is a larger abundance of fis
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, A book of American explorers, Book XIV: the Pilgrims at Plymouth (A. D. 1620-1621.) (search)
&c. First they supposed them to be Master Jones, the master, and some of his men; for they were ashore, and knew of their coming. But, after they knew them to be Indians, they marched after them into the woods, lest other of the Indians should lie in ambush. But, when the Indians saw our men following them, they ran away with migmber, some to saw, some to rive, Split. and some to carry: so no man rested all that day. But towards night, some, as they were at work, heard a noise of some Indians, which caused us all to go to our muskets; but we heard no further. So we came aboard again, and left some twenty to keep the court of guard. That night we had e brought again: otherwise we would right ourselves. These people are ill affected towards the English by reason of one Hunt, This Captain Hunt had kidnapped Indians, and carried them to Spain as slaves. The monks of Malaga set them at liberty. a master of a ship, who deceived the people, and got them, under color of trucking
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, A book of American explorers, chapter 15 (search)
le ones. Oh the hunger that many suffered, and saw no hope in an Famine among the Pilgrims. eye of reason to be supplied, only by clams and mussels and fish! We did quickly build boats, and some went a-fishing. But bread was with many a very scarce thing, and flesh of all kind as scarce. And in those days, in our straits, though I cannot say God sent a raven to feed us, as he did the prophet Elijah, yet this I can say to the praise of God's glory, that he sent not only poor ravenous Indians, who came with their baskets of corn on their backs to trade with us, which was a good supply unto many; but also sent ships from Holland and Ireland with provisions, and Indian-corn from Virginia, to supply the wants of his dear servants in this wilderness, both for food and raiment. And when people's wants were great, not only in one town, but in divers towns, such was the godly wisdom, care, and prudence—not selfishness, but self-denial—of our Governor Winthrop and his assistants, that
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, A book of American explorers, Index. (search)
23. Hawkins, Captain, John, 161. Heckewelder, Reverend, John, 290. Henry VII., King (of England), 57, 58. Heriulf, 3, 6. Higginson, Reverend, Francis, 341-355. Hillard, G. S., 230. Hochelaga (now Montreal), 111. Holland, Lords States-General of, 303. Hopkins, Steven, 314, 334. Howe, George, 191. Huarco, 43. Hudson, Henry, and the New Netherlands, 279-308; last voyage of, 296-303. Hudson, John, 302. Hunt, Captain, 335. Robert, 231. Huyck, Jan, 305. I. Indians, Canadian, 100, 105, 108, 111, 114. Indians, Caribbean, 21, 23, 29, 35, 39, 50. Florida, 124, 127, 144, 149, 156. Gulf of Mexico, 75, 83, 88, 91, 93. Hudson River, 283, 290. Mississippi River, 131, 135, 138. New England, 11, 65, 204, 213, 225, 320, 333, 357. Virginia, 79, 184, 192,232,237,242, 251. Boats of, 24, 65, 183. Children of, 251. Ill-treatment of, by colonists, 11, 64, 124, 188, 219, 234, 307, 335. Kindness of, to colonists, 22, 61, 84, 101, 105 111, 180, 186, 234, 2