Even as long ago as the year1605, Pyrard de Laval well exclaimed, "C'est une merveille de voirchacun de ces atollons, environnÃ© d'un grand banc de pierre toutautour, n'y ayant point d'artifice humain. The old man had a fillet of white feathers tied round his head,which partly confined his black, coarse, and entangled hair. A bird of anotherclosely allied genus, Chionis alba, is an inhabitant of theantarctic regions; it feeds on seaweed and shells on the tidalrocks. Duringthe former voyage of the "Adventure" and "Beagle" in 1826 to 1830,Captain Fitz Roy seized on a party of natives, as hostages for theloss of a boat, which had been stolen, to the great jeopardy of aparty employed on the survey; and some of these natives, as well asa child whom he bought for a pearl-button, he took with him toEngland, determining to educate them and instruct them in religionat his own expense. " The water deserved its name, forbesides being saline it was most offensively putrid and bitter; sothat we could not force ourselves to drink either tea or matÃ©. Theresemblance was occasionally shown strikingly when a level fog-bankcovered, as with a mantle, all the lower parts of the country: thewhite vapour curling into the ravines, beautifully representedlittle coves and bays; and here and there a solitary hillockpeeping up showed that it had formerly stood there as an islet. The "Beagle" arrived here on the 24th of August, and a weekafterwards sailed for the Plata. A violentrevolution having broken out, all the ports were laid under anembargo. (14/2. Excepting near the lagoon, wherethere is some sand, the land is entirely composed of roundedfragments of coral. Theoccurrence of this one stone, where every other particle of matteris calcareous, certainly is very puzzling.
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