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The Dutch in Western Guiana (Classic Reprint)
George Edmundson

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Excerpt from The Dutch in Western Guiana He himself tells us in his preface that he had always been a great lover of geography and history, and that from an early age he had purposed to write a large description of all America, also that he had personally been upon no less than one hundred and twenty-six islands in the Atlantic Ocean, and had travelled over (among other places) a great part of Guiana. His method of acquiring information about his subject is best given in his own words. I made it my business to purchase or borrow all the history and journalls that I could heare of whether Lattin, Itallian Spanish or Portugais French Dutch or in our Language, wherein I may say I have by reason of a generall generous conversation had luck extraordinary, and herein wt paines I have taken what cost I have been att is so notorious, that over and above the knowledge of a great number of gentlemen which I have been obliged too for a communication of printed books, mannuscripts, pattents commissions, and papers relating to those parts, the many booksellers of England and Holland will doe me right to testifie my continuall inquisition. As to his sources of knowledge for all that concerns Guiana in particular, our author speaks very fully. He tells us 'the two greatest travailers that ever were in Guiana of Christians' were both prisoners in his hands on his voyage to Guiana in 1665. The one was Matteson born at Gaunt, that had managed a trade 22 years for the Spaniards from ye Citty of St. Thome in Oronoque. The other was one Hendricson a Switz by nation, that had served some Dutch merchants in those parts 27 yeares in quallity of a factor with the upland Indians of Guiana. From these men, in that spirit of inquisition of which he tells us above, he appears to have gathered all the information he could, and compared it with the results of his own investigations as traveller and student, or, to use his own words, 'haveing besides my owne observacions, taken measures from the above mentioned Mr. Hendrickson and Matteson, and journalls, I fortuned to meet with.' To this may be added his statement that 'in this Colonie (Essequibo) the author had the good fortune to meet with some ingenious observations of the former governor (Groenewegen) of what had been transacted in Guiana in his time.' It is clear then in the narrative given by Scott of the early history of the Dutch colonies in Western Guiana that we are dealing with the narrative of a contemporary, familiar with the localities about which he was writing, conversant with all the literature upon the subject, including documents and journa's in manuscript, and having exceptional opportunities for personal commune with men intimately acquainted for a long period with the country and its history. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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Titel: The Dutch in Western Guiana (Classic Reprint)
Autor: George Edmundson
EAN: 9781332225804
ISBN: 978-1-332-22580-4
Format: Kartonierter Einband (Kt)
Herausgeber: Forgotten Books
Genre: Allgemeines & Lexika
Anzahl Seiten: 42
Gewicht: 72g
Größe: H229mm x B152mm x T2mm
Jahr: 2015

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