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By Pierre Bontier, Jean Le Verrier, Richard Henry Major

The courses of the Hakluyt Society (founded in 1846) made on hand edited (and occasionally translated) early bills of exploration. the 1st sequence, which ran from 1847 to 1899, contains a hundred books containing released or formerly unpublished works through authors from Christopher Columbus to Sir Francis Drake, and protecting voyages to the recent international, to China and Japan, to Russia and to Africa and India. The Canary Islands were recognized to ecu nations because the Roman period. In 1402, the dominion of Castile despatched an expeditionary strength, led through French explorers Jean de B?thencourt (1362-1425) and Gadifer de los angeles Salle (1340-1415), to overcome the islands. This quantity, first released in English in 1872, features a modern account of the conquest written by means of Pierre Bontier and Jean Le Verrier, either contributors of the excursion; it comprises precious information of the indigenous population of the islands.

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Palma was not so well peopled, being smaller, but a very beautiful island. The Christians have never been able to subdue these three islands, as there were plenty of men of arms to defend them, and the mountain heights were difficult of access. Teneriffe, of whose peak Cadamosto speaks as being visible, according to some sailors' accounts, at a distance of two hundred and fifty Italian miles, and sixty miles high from the foot to the summit, was governed by nine chiefs, bearing INTRODUCTION. XXXV the title of dukes, who did not obtain the succession by inheritance, but by force.

A. B. G. 61 61 59 74 74 71a 62 62 60 75 75 71b 63 63 61a 76 76a 72 a 64 64 61b 11 76 b 72 b 52a 65 65 62 78 77 73 52 b 66 66 63 79 78 74 53 61 67 64 80 79 75 54 68 68 65 81 80 a 76a 55a 69 69 66 82 80 b 76b 55 b 70 70 67 83 81 77 56 71 71 68 84 82 78 57 72 72 69 85 83 79 58 73 70 86 84 80 a A. B. G. 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 a 93 b 93c 80 b 81 82 83 84 85 86 a 86b 87a 87b 87 c lii INTRODUCTION. The collation of the text which M. d'Avezac has made does not profess to be literal, but only verbal; and, although in the first instance he had not anticipated that our Society would care to print the foreign text concurrently with the English version, I was happy to find that, in spite of the absence of absolute literal revision, the plan met with his strong approval.

Except that on the third recto of leaf 85 there are interlinear and marginal additions made later. The latest date written by the first hand is the 2nd September, 1482, the date of the birth of the fourth child of Jean IV de Bethencourt; at the birth of the fifth child, on the 12th September, 1485, the ink is no longer the same, and the writing, though perhaps by the same hand, showed signs of the lapse of a considerable time. Similar shades of difference between the fifth and the sixth, and again between the sixth and the seventh, and still more between the seventh and the eighth.

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