The Iland of Yron
, called Hierro
THIS Iland standeth ten leagues distant from the Iland
of Palma Westward
: it is but a little Iland, which containeth sixe leagues in circuit, and hath but small
extension. It appertaineth to the earle of Gomera. The
chiefest commodity of this Iland is goats flesh and orchell.
There is no wine in all that Iland, but onely one vineyard
that an English man of Taunton
in the West countrey
planted among rocks, his name was John Hill.
This Iland hath no kind of fresh water, but onely in
the middle of the Iland groweth a great tree with leaves
like an Olive tree, which hath a great cisterne at the foot
of the sayd tree. This tree continually is covered with
clouds, and by meanes thereof the leaves of the sayd
tree continually drop water, very sweet, into the sayd
cisterne, which commeth to the sayd tree from the clouds
by attraction. And this water sufficeth the Iland for all
necessities, aswell for the cattell, as for the inhabitants.
It standeth in 27 degrees.