East Indies: May 1583

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Calendar of State Papers Colonial, East Indies, China and Japan, Volume 2, 1513-1616. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1864.

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May 1582

May 31? 223. [Luke Warde] to [Earl of Leicester?] Certifies his arrival this day with the Edward Bonaventure. Reasons for the General's determination to return to St. Vincent, a town and harbour of Brazil inhabited by Portugals, as the meetest place to supply themselves with many things they wanted; arrived there 20th January, when they began to put their ships in order. January 24, descried three Spanish ships, “unlooked for by us;” the attack and sinking of Spanish Vice–Admiral. Forced by weather to leave the Admiral riding still all alone, having lost the company of the Francis, 22nd December. Determined at length to return home, being unprovided of many special necessaries. The most warlike and traitorous cannibals on the north coast of Brazil, with some Frenchmen. Rain water and prosperous winds have enabled him to bring home the ship [Edward Bonaventure?] Two pages. Mutilated by fire. Brit. Mus., Otho, VIII., fol 162.]