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Exploring the WestThree Travel Narratives$
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Mushirul Hasan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780198063117

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198063117.001.0001

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Rounding Africa

Rounding Africa

(p.11) 3 Rounding Africa
Exploring the West

Mushirul Hasan

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After he and his companions had weighed anchor, their course was south-west. When they neared the Cape of Good Hope, they were unable to weather it on account of an adverse wind, and retrograded five hundred coss. For twenty-five days, the wind blew from the same quarter. When it abated a little, the author and his group doubled the Cape with great difficulty. For two weeks, they lay at anchor at Cape (town). The Ascension Island is situated to the north-west of the Cape, and they arrived there after a month's voyage. The Dutch purchase men, women, and children in Bengal. The author visited some of these slaves, and although they had forgotten the Hindee and Bengali languages, they were able to converse with the author through signs. The author also describes what he saw in the ocean, namely, the flying fish, the sea mugur, and the mermaid.

Keywords:   Cape of Good Hope, Ascension Island, Dutch, Bengal, slaves, ocean, flying fish, sea mugur, mermaid

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