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Chapter 1 + 2


     cket with a party of seamen to guard our ships in our absence with which we in-
     tended to return home.
     The men that were landed had each of them three of four cakes of bread (called by
     the English dough-boys) for their provision of victuals; and for drink, the rivers
     afforded enough. At the time of our landing Captain SHarp was very faint and weak,
     having had a great fit of sickness lately, from which he had scarcely recovered.
     Our several companies that marched were distinguished as follows. First, Captain
     Bartholomew Sharp with his company had a red flag, with a bunch of white and green
     ribbons. The second division led by Captain Richard Sawkins, with his men had a
     red flag striped with yellow. The third and fourth, led by Captain Peter Harris,
     had two green flags, his company being divided into two several divisions. The
     fifth and sixth, led by Captain John Coxon, who had some of Alleston's and Mac-
     kett's men joined to his, made two divisions or companies, and had each of them a
     red flag. The seventh was led by Captain Edmund Cook with red colours striped with
     yellow, with a hand and sword for his device. All or most of them, were armed with
     fuzee, pistol and hanger.

CHAPTER II

     They marched towards the town of Santa Maria with design to take it. The Indian
     King of Darien meets them by the way. Difficulties of this march, with other oc-
     currences till they arrive at the place.

     Being landed on the coast of Darien, and divided into companies, as was mentioned
     in the preceding chapter, we began our march towards Santa Maria, the Indians ser-
     ving us for guides in that unknown country. Thus we marched at first through a
     small skirt of a wood, and then over a bay almost a league in length. After that,
     we went two leagues directly up a woody valley, where we saw here and there an old
     plantation, and had a very good path to march in. There we came to the side of a
     river, which in most places was dry, and built us houses, or rather huts, to lod-
     ge in.
     To this place came to us another Indian, who was a chief commander and a man of
     great parts, named Captain Antonio. This Indian officer encouraged us very much
     to undertake the journey to Santa Maria, and promised to be our leader, saying he
     would go along with us now, but that his child lay very sick. However, he was as-
     sured it would die by the next day, and then he would most certainly follow and
     overtake us. Withal, he desired we would not lie in the grass for fear of mon-
     strous adders, which are very frequent in those places. Breaking some of the sto-
     nes that lay in the river, we found them shine with sparks of gold. These stones
     are driven down from the neighbouring mountains in time of floods. This day four

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