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1798 Excerpt: ... namely, an English East-Indiaman, bound to
Bengal; two French vessels for Mauritius, and three Portuguese for
Brazil. Porto Praya is situated, according to my observation there,
in north latitude, 140 50', at the most southern part of the island
St. Jag It is a pretty deep bay, formed to the east by the
beforementioned point, whence the land trends to the north, to the
deepest part of the bay. This eastern more is very high and
mountainous; at the end of the bay, a little to the west, there is
a very indifferent fortification, upon a little eminence, which is
called the castle, and upon which, th-. Portuguese ensign is
hoisted, when any ship: arrive. The land then turns, in a southerly
direction, with high mountains, ending in a range of rocks, very
little elevated above the surface of the sea, which form the west
point of the bay. Almost in the middle, between the west point and
the castle, about two cables' length from the shore, there is a
small island, which, by the eye, appears to be about thirty feet
perpendicular out of the waier. It is flat at c 3 top, top, like a
table, and about eight hundred feet in circumference, by
computation. The French call it rifle aux Cailles. The seamen who
die in the harbour, are buried there. Boats, but no ships, can pass
between this ifland, and the west shore; the passage is filled with
sunken rocks. The cistern, whence the ships take in their water, is
at the bottom of the hill upon which the castle is built; and in
common seasons, if drawn dry in the evening, is full again the next
morning, though the water itself is not very good, being more or
less brackish. The town of Praya consists of a few scattered huts
of wood and clay. There are no more than two or three brick
buildings, which even can scarcely be cal...
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