An impartial description of Surinam upon the continent of Guiana in America

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Page 20 - Senses, to be distinguish'd only by the tone or alteration of the voice . . . their Numbers exceed not twenty, which they want Names for too, but express them by their fingers and Toes, which they will sometimes double, and treble, but their Arithmetick is quickly at a loss, and then they Cry out Ounsa awara that is, like the...
Page 3 - Leaves, and, having lived a while, at length lights upon the ground, takes Root, and is transformed into a Plant. This I relate, not from any certain Knowledge of my own, but I was encouraged to...
Page 7 - I never heard of above two or three they have killed one way or other, since the setling of the Colony: one of them (who was a Huntsman and a lusty Fellow) was often heard to wish he could meet with a Tyger, and made it a great Complaint in all his Searches through the Woods, it was never his good fortune; at length, one night, lying in his Hamacko, in an open House, a Tyger comes, takes him up, and carries him two miles into the Woods, in vain Crying for help, which was heard by an English-woman...
Page 8 - Tyger comes, takes him up, and carries him two miles into the Woods, in vain Crying for help, which was heard by an English-woman in a Close House hard by, who had so much Courage (more than is usual in her...
Page 6 - For example, the latter says of the armadilloes : They are short legged, have three claws upon their feet, are headed like a hog, have no teeth and but very little mouths ; they are defended all over, save the head and belly, with an armor as it were plated, scarce penetrable by a lance, unless it happen in a joint. They burrow in the ground, and had they not quite so strong a smell of musk, would be no contemptible meat.* Compare Mrs.
Page 8 - ... hard by, who had so much Courage (more than is usual in her Sexe) to fire a Musquet from the Window; but those who have had to do with them know, it is not noise only can scare a Tyger from his Prey: the Man was found next day with his Head and Shoulders eaten off; they are observed to be not so numerous now as formerly, partly retireing further into the Woods, and a great many having been taken by the Hunters. There is one John Millar, who has killed no fewer than a dozen or fourteen, singly...
Page 14 - These wretched miseries not seldome drive them to desperate attempts for the recovery of their liberty, endeavouring to escape, and, if like to be retaken, sometimes lay violent hands upon themselves; or, if the hope of pardon bring them...
Page 14 - These wretched miseries not seldom drive them to desperate attempts for the recovery of their liberty, endeavoring to escape, and if like to be retaken sometimes lay violent hands upon themselves. Or, if the hope of pardon bring them again alive into their masters...
Page 21 - Death with most barbarous cruelties a Coward can invent for an enemy in his power. Women and children they preserve for slaves, and sell them for trifles to the English.
Page 14 - ... and example to others, without shrinking. They are there a mixture of several nations, which are always clashing with one another, so that no Conspiracy can be hatching, but 'tis presently detected by some party amongst themselves disaffected to the plot, because their enemies have a share in't : They are naturally treacherous and bloody, and practice no Religion there, though many of them are Circumcis'd : But they believe the Ancient Pythagorean Errour of the...

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