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Journal, &C Jan van Riebeeck

Journal, &C

Jan van Riebeeck

Published September 12th 2013
ISBN : 9781230345888
398 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ... Maria, hearing that some Hollanders had been wrecked on the other side, came over with 4 canoes and brought our skipper and some others to St. Maria. Verburgh and the rest remiined 4 days on a neighbouring islet, whose king conveyed them also to St. Maria, whose king received them with hospitality- from him he bought 4 houses in one of his towns, but we were unfortunately visited by illness and in a short time 13 died- among them Frederick Verburgh, the skipper Cornelia Jansz: Holsteyn and the bookkeeper Cornelia van Heyningen. The sickly season lasted especially from February to July, during which period, thunder, lightning, wind ami rain were so great that it seemed as if heaven and earth would pass away. On the 19th of May, 3 French ships arrived, viz.: La Duchesse, 8fc., from them we learnt that the 4th vessel St. George had proceeded to the French fort Tolanhaer. The Marechal was destined to cruize in the Red Sea, where it captured a small Moorish vessel, laden with amber, &c., and thence returned to St. Maria on the 4th December, 1656, finding the two other vessels lying there thoroughly helpless. On the 14th January, 16-37, La jjuchme proceeded to Tolanhaer with us, the ten survivors, and our goods, leaving behind the two other ships, which were entirely unfit to go to sea- they were therefore put on shore. The Marechal remained behind to take charge of the cargo of the wrecks- after 14 days sail we arrived at Tolanhaer, which fort is surrounded by palisades, and has 8 or 10 small pieces of cannon, also about 100 men. Fourteen days after our arrival the Marechal also arrived, having on board the guns, &c., of the wrecks. About the end of February the Marechal left for the Cape with us four on board- the six others were loft behind...