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the ship came from Heaven. He was greatly astonished at all he saw, and when one of the men presented a looking-glass to his face, he started back so suddenly, as to knock two of the sailors flat on the deck.
The savage, at length, went ashore and told his adventure to his friends. This induced many of them to go to the vessel. Their behaviour afforded great entertainment to the people on board the vessel. One of them ate a basket full of ship biscuit, and drank a great bowl full of water at a single meal.
It seems, that these people are much the same now, as when Magellan visited their country. They go dressed in skins, and live in huts made also of skins, and sometimes of branches of trees.
To the eastward of Patagonia, is a group of islands called the Falkland Isles. They were once inhabited by some English settlers; but they are now entirely deserted. Sometimes Where are the Falkland islands ? What can you tell of the Fallon
people go there to catch seals. In 1764, Commodore Byron went to these islands with some English ships.
One day, while on shore, he was unexpectedly attacked by a Sea-Lion, a large kind of seal, and saved himself with great difficulty. The people had many battles with these animals, and sometimes six men were employed a full hour in killing one of them. Over the leaf is a picture of Commodore Byron, defending himself from a Sea-Lion.
About the Straits of Magellan. Parley meets with storms
of wind and snow. Observations upon the North and South Pole. Islands covered with ice and snow. The Pacific Ocean, and the Island of Juan Fernandez.
If my little reader will look at the map, he will see at the extremity of South America, a large island, called Terra del Fuego. Be
What of Commodore Byron and Sea-Lions? Where are the strails of Magellan ? Where is Terra del Fuego ?
tween this island and Patagonia, is a narrow sea called the straits of Magellan. These straits were discovered by Magellan, a Spanish navigator, whom I have mentioned before, about three hundred years ago. through these straits, and entered the Pacific
He was the first European navigator that ever sailed upon that mighty sea.
It used to be the practice for vessels, bound to the Pacific ocean, to pass through the straits of Magellan. But the navigation being difficult and dangerous, vessels now go round the southern point of the island of Terra del Fuego, called Cape Horn.
It was in the month of December, that we doubled this
suppose you know, that in the southern parts of the world, it is summer, when it is winter in the northern parts. When it is winter in the United States, it is summer at Patagonia, and Terra del Fuego. But although it was summer at the time we
Who was the first European navigator that sailed upon the Pacific ! What does Parley say of summer and winter?