4 Lectures 26 and 27 We ran along the coast of the island, westward from the islet and found its length to be 12 leagues as fas as a cape which I named Cabo Hermoso (Cape Beautiful), at the western end. The is-land is beautiful,. .. I believe that there are many herbs and many trees that are worth much in Europe for dyes and for medicines; but I do not know them and this causes me great sorrow. There are trees of a thousand sorts, and all have their several fruits; and I feel the most unhappy man in the world not to know them, but I am well assured they are valuable. I desired to set out today for the island of Cuba, which I think must be Cipangu, according to the signs these people make, indicative of its size and riches,. .. It is better to go where there is great entertainment, so I say that it is not reasonable to wait, but rather to continue the voyage and in-spect much land, until some very pro table country is reached, my belief being that it will be rich in spices. That I have no knowledge of the products causes me the greatest sorrow in the world,
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