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turs, we set sail for China. It was our design to dispose of our furs there for tea, silks, and other goods, and carry them back to Boston. For a long time we sailed in a southerly direction.
Our object was to go near to the Equator, so that we might take advantage of the trade winds, which here always blow in a westerly direction. Passing a little to the south of the Sandwich islands, we laid our course nearly in a direct line for Canton. As we are passing along under the steady influence of the trade winds, I shall take the opportunity to tell you about some of the groups of islands, whicb occupy that portion of the Pacific ocean in which we are now sailing.
The group of islands called Marquesas, I shall describe first. They are five in number, but none of them are large. The whole number of the people does not exceed fifty thousand. It is admitted by all voyagers, that they are the finest race of savages in the Pacific
ocean. The men are very curiously tattooed. They are as proud of being finely tattooed, as some people are among us of being finely dressed.
Captain Krusenstern, a Russian voyager, went to these islands several years ago, and there he found a Frenchman, tattooed almost like the rest of the natives. How he came there I cannot tell you, but he had lived among the people a long time, and had adopted many of their habits. He went back to Europe, on board the Russian vessel, and there he became an object of great curiosity and attention. His name was Jean Babtiste Cabri.
To the southeast of the Marquesas, is Easter island, which you will find on the map. It is about twelve miles long and nine miles wide. It has high mountains upon it, which may be seen at the distance of forty-five miles. On the south side of the island is the crater of a volcano now extinguished, but the stones in
many parts, prove that in former ages it has spread its ravages over the land.
The people here resemble those who inhabit the other islands we have described, and they tattoo themselves in a similar manner. The voyagers who have been at this place, speak with astonishment of some immense stone statues that are found here. They appear to have been executed many ages since. Some of them are twenty-five feet in height.
One of the most curious things about the people of this island is, that the lower part of their ears is prodigiously large. In these they make holes, some of which are of sufficient size to put your hand through. In these holes they wear various ornaments.