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Author Name:Prescott, William H.
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Excerpt: ...to afford every facility for the execution of his designs.
Fortunately, just before this period, a small body of military adventurers had come to Panama from the mother-country, burning with desire to make their fortunes in the New World.
They caught much more eagerly than the old and wary colonists at the golden bait held out to them; and with their addition, and that of a few supernumerary stragglers who hung about the town, Almagro found himself at the head of a reinforcement of at least eighty men, with which, having laid in a fresh supply of stores, he again set sail for the Rio de San Juan.
The arrival of the new recruits all eager to follow up the expedition, the comfortable change in their circumstances produced by an ample supply of refreshments, and the glowing pictures of the wealth that awaited them in the south, all had their effect on the dejected spirits of Pizarro's followers.
Their late toils and privations were speedily forgotten, and, with the buoyant and variable feelings incident to a freebooter's life, they now called as eagerly on their commander to go forward in the voyage, as they had before called on him to abandon it.
Availing themselves of the renewed spirit of enterprise, the captains embarked on board their vessels, and, under the guidance of the veteran pilot, steered in the same track he had lately pursued.' But the favourable season for a southern course, which in these latitudes lasts but a few months in the year, had been suffered to escape.
The breezes blew steadily towards the north, and a strong current, not far from shore, set in the same direction.
The winds frequently rose into tempests, and the unfortunate voyagers were tossed about, for many days, in the boiling surges, amidst the most awful storms of...
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