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Chili is a delightful country. Along the sea, the land is very fertile; here there are immense plains, where the grass is so tall, as to hide the cattle and horses that are grazing among it. In the interior, there is a range of lofty mountains, some of which are volcanic, and are constantly spouting forth lava, smoke, and fire from their tops.
Having remained about a fortnight at Valparaiso, we again set forth on our voyage. We sailed in a direction nearly northwest, it being the Captain's design to proceed to the Sandwich islands. The weather was now warm and delightful. We met with no storms, but we sailed on our way with a steady breeze.
Ina short time, we approached the Sandwich islands. Before I tell you of our visit there, I will describe these islands. They are eleven in number. Their names are Owhyhee or Hawaii, Mowee, Tahoorowa, Rauai, Morotod, Woohoo, Atooi, Queehow, Oreehoua, and Ta
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hoora. Beside these, there are two other uninhabited islands. The largest of the Sandwich isles is Hawaii. The number of people an all the islands is about four hundred thousand. One hundred and fifty thousand of them are on Hawaii. They are a tall well made people, nearly black. The climate is that of perpetual summer.
Captain Cook discovered these islands in 1778, and gave them the name which they now bear. He entered a bay in the island of Hawaii, called Kurakakooa. When the inhabitants discovered that the ships were about to anchor in the bay, they came from the shore in astonishing numbers, and expressed their joy by singing and shouting, and displaying a variety of wild and extravagant gestures.
The decks and rigging of the two ships were soon completely covered with them, and
How many people there? Which is the largest of these islands ! What is the population of Hawaii ? Describe the people. When did Captain Cook discover the Sandwich isles ?
a multitude of women and boys who could not find room to get on board, remained the whole day swimming about and playing in the water.
Captain Cook made presents to some of the chiefs, and the people all became very friendly. They paid him the greatest respect; when he went ashore, they lay down on their faces till he had passed by. They brought him hogs, in which the island abounds, cocoa-nuts, and breadfruit.
This latter, grows on trees about forty feet high. The fruit is about as large as a child's head. It contains a soft pulpy substance, like bread. It is excellent food, and affords subsistence to many of the inhabitants of the islands in the Pacific.
One day, there was a great parade among the savages in honor of Captain Cook. The king, in a large canoe attended by two others, set out from the village, and paddled to the
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ship in great state. Their appearance was quite magnificent.
In the first canoe, was the King Ferreoobod, and his chiefs, dressed in their rich feathered cloaks and helmets. They were armed with long spears and daggers. In the second, was Kaoo, the chief of the priests, with his brethren and their idols.
These idols were of gigantic size, made of wicker work, and curiously covered with small feathers of various colors. Their eyes were made of large pearl oysters, with a black nut fixed in the centre; their mouths were set with a double row of the fangs of dogs. The third canoe was filled with hogs, and various sorts of vegetables.
As they went along, the priests sang their hymns with great solemnity. It was expected they would come on board; but as this was a matter of ceremony and not of business, they paddled round the ships, and went ashore.
Sometime after this, Captain Cook set out