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Country abounding in all things; and 'tis for this very reason that so many Portugueses, Mesticks, and other Christians are fled thither from those quarters, which the Dutch have taken from them." Compare also Delestre, p. 189 f., "The country, [Bengala] which is one of the most beautiful in the world, -is extremely fertile; there are a number of woods and forests of orange and lemon trees .... Sugar is very common there, as well as ginger and long pepper, which is preserved when it is green .••• The pasturage is excellent, and it produces such an abundance of milk, that an enormous quantity of butter and cheese is exported into all the adjacent and maritime towns, and even into the most distant countries, especially Batavia." See also Schouten, vol. ii. p. 154.