I MENTIONED before that I had a great mind to see the whole island, and that I had travelled up the brook1, and so on to where I built my bower2, and where I had an opening quite to the sea, on the other side of the island. I now resolved to travel quite across to the sea-shore on that side; so, taking my gun, a hatchet3, and my dog, and a larger quantity of powder a shot than usual, with two biscuit-cakes and a great bunch of raisins4 in my pouch5 for my store, I began my journey. When I had passed the vale where my bower stood, as above, I came within view of the sea to the west, and it being a very clear day, I fairly descried6 land-whether an island or a continent I could not tell; but it lay very high, extending from the W. to the W.S.W. at a very great distance; by my guess it could not be less than fifteen or twenty leagues off.
I could not tell what part of the world this might be, otherwise than that I knew it must be part of America, and, as I concluded by all my observations, must be near the Spanish dominions7, a perhaps was all inhabited by savages9, where, if I had landed, I had been in a worse condition than I was now; therefore I acquiesced10 in the dispositions12 of Providence13, which I began now to own and to believe ordered everything for the best; I say I quieted my mind with this, and left off afflicting14 myself with fruitless wishes of being there.
Besides, after some thought upon this affair, I considered that if this land was the Spanish coast, I should certainly, one time or other, see some vessel15 pass or repass one way or other; but if not, then it was the savage8 coast between the Spanish country and Brazils, where are found the worst of savages; for they are cannibals or men-eaters, and fail not to murder and devour16 all the human bodies that fall into their hands.
With these considerations, I walked very leisurely17 forward. I fou