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use they had not hadpermission from the Admiral.“ The Indians then sent two of their numberin a little canoe to one of the caravels, where they were received kindly, and sent to speak with the Admiral.““They said, through an interpreter, that a certain king sent them toknow what people we were, and to ask that we might be kind enough toland, as they had much gold and would give it to him, and ofwhattheyhad to eat. The Admiral commanded silken shirts and caps and other littlethings to be given them, and told them that as he was going whereGuacanagari was, he could not stop, that another time he would be able tosee him. And with that, they (the Indians) went away.“They stopped two days at a harbor which they called Monte Christi, tosee if it were a suitable place for a town, for the Admiral did not feelaltogether satisfied with the place where the settlement of La Navidad hadbeen made on the first voyage. This Monte Christi was near „a great riverof very good water“ (the Santiago). But it is all an inundated region, andvery unfit to live in.
  “As they were going along, viewing the river and land, some of ourmen found, in a place close by the river, two dead men, one with: a cord(lazo) around his neck, and the other with one around his foot. This wasthe first day. On the next day following, they found two other dead menfarther on than these others. One of these was in such a position that itcould be known that he had a plentiful beard. Some of our men suspectedmore ill than good, and with reason, as the Indians are all beardless, as Ihave said.“This port was not far from the port where the Spanish settlement hadbeen made on the first voyage, so that there was great reason for theseanxieties. They set sail once more for the settlement, and arrived oppositethe harbor of La Navidad on the twenty-seventh of November. As theywere approaching the harbor, a canoe came towards them, with five or sixIndians on board, but, as the Admiral kept on his course without waitingfor them, they went back.
  The Spaniards arrived outside the port of La Navidad so late that theydid not dare to enter it that night. „The Admiral commanded twoLombards to be fired, to see if the christians replied, who had been leftwith the said Guacanagari, (this was the friendly cacique Guacanagari ofthe first voyage), for they too had Lombards,“ „They never replied, nor did fires nor signs of houses appear in that place, at which the people weremuch discouraged, and they had the suspicion that was natural in such acase.““Being thus all very sad, when four or five hours of the night hadpassed, there came the same canoe which they had seen the evening before.
  The Indians in it asked for the Admiral and the captain of one of thecaravels of the first voyage. They were taken to the Admiral’s ship, butwould not come on board until they had „spoken with him and seen him.“They asked for a light, and as soon as they knew him, they entered theship. They came from Guacanagari, and one of them was his cousin.
  They brought with them golden masks, one for the Admiral andanother for one of the captains who had been with him on the first voyage,probably Vicente Yanez Pinzon. Such masks were much valued among theIndians, and are thought to have been meant to put upon idols, so that theywere given to the Spaniards as tokens of great respect. The Indian partyremained on board for three hours, conversing with the Admiral andapparently very glad to see him again. When they were asked about thecolonists of La Navidad, they said that they were all well, but that some ofthem had died from sickness, and that others had been killed in quarrelsamong themselves. Their own cacique, Guacanagari, had been attacked bytwo other chiefs, Caonabo and Mayreni. They had burned his village, andhe had been wounded in the leg, so that he could not come to meet theSpaniards that night. As the Indians went away, however, they

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