At Home with the Patagonians / A Years Wanderings over Untrodden Ground from the Straits of Magellan to the Rio Negro George Chaworth Musters. by George Chaworth Musters.

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At Home with the Patagonians / A Years Wanderings over Untrodden Ground from the Straits of Magellan to the Rio Negro by George Chaworth Musters. by George Chaworth Musters.
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INTRODUCTION.Three hundred and fifty years ago the great navigator Magellan anchored in a port on the eastern coast of an unknown shore, part of the seaboard of the vast continent of South America, to which he gave the name of St. Julian. StartingMoreINTRODUCTION.Three hundred and fifty years ago the great navigator Magellan anchored in a port on the eastern coast of an unknown shore, part of the seaboard of the vast continent of South America, to which he gave the name of St. Julian. Starting from this point, the pilot Serrano explored the coast to the southward, and discovered a river, which he named Santa Cruz.

His ship was wrecked near the mouth, and left her timbers on the rocks, the first of the long list of vessels lost on that ironbound coast which, from the mouth of the Rio Negro to the Straits, offers but one or two safe harbours, while submerged reefs, fierce gales, strong tides, currents, and overfalls combine to render it nearly the most perilous known to navigators.Magellan remained at Port St. Julian and Santa Cruz from April till October of 1520, when he sailed southward, and discovered the Straits which bear his name. Two months after his arrival at Port St.

Julian a man of gigantic stature appeared on the beach, ‘larger and taller than the stoutest man of Castile.’ Eighteen natives afterwards arrived, dressed in cloaks of skins and shoes of guanaco hide, which made huge footmarks, whence they were called Patagonés, or ‘large feet,’ by the Spaniards- and thus originated in a nickname the name of the country, Patagonia.

These men used bows and arrows, and had with them four young guanacos, with which they decoyed the wild ones within shot. Two young men were treacherously seized and carried off, howling and calling on their god Setebos. The natives naturally resented this return for their ready friendliness, and, attacking a party sent after them, killed one Spaniard with their arrows.

Enough, however, was seen of them to furnish Pigafetta with some details. ‘Their tents were light movable frames, covered with skins- their faces were painted- they were very swift of foot, had tools of sharp-edged flints, and ate their meat nearly raw.’That the first knowledge of Patagonia was diffused in England by Pigafetta’s narrative is suggested by Caliban’s lines in the ‘Tempest:’ ‘he could command my dam’s god Setebos-’ but it was not till 1578 that the newly-discovered country was visited by Englishmen.CONTENTSCHAPTER I.

FROM THE STRAITS TO SANTA CRUZ.CHAPTER II. SANTA CRUZ.CHAPTER III. THE RIO CHICO.CHAPTER IV. HENNOKAIK TO TECKEL.CHAPTER V. MANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF THE TEHUELCHES.CHAPTER VI. TECKEL TO GEYLUM.CHAPTER VII. LAS MANZANAS.CHAPTER VIII. GEYLUM TO PATAGONES.CHAPTER IX. THE RIO NEGRO SETTLEMENTS.LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.WÁKI KILLING A PUMAMAP OF PATAGONIASTATION ON PABON ISLAND, RIO SANTA CRUZHUNTING GUANACO AND OSTRICH, VALLEY OF RIO CHICOSTART FROM THE CAMP AT MÔWAISH, OR WINDOW HILLCEREMONY OF WELCOME (TEHUELCHES AND ARAUCANIANS)A WILD BULL IN THE CORDILLERASKETCH MAP FROM RIO SENGEL TO TECKELTEHUELCHE ARMS AND IMPLEMENTSTHE PRETTY HOUSE AND DANCECROSSING THE RIO LIMAY



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