As soon as the boats were out of sight, some Indians, with signs of peace, brought cassada, plantains, and potatoes, to exchange for knives and beads, to the great joy of the English, who were unable to procure any thing for themselves, This traffic continued for seven days, when the English held out a flag of truce, and Captain Antonie, who was Augramert's (the captain of St. Vincent's) brother, agreed to supply them with a piragua, in return for some hatchets, &c., and advised them to go away as soon as they could, for Augramert, with twelve piraguas, was coming next day from Saint Vincent's.1 The English worked hard-made a sail of " very good roan cloth" — and at " one of the clocke after midnight," on Thursday the 26th of September, with " but one barrico of fresh water to drinke, and one small firkin of rice," Nichols says, " we embarked ourselves, being nineteene in the whole number, not one having skill in the mariner's art, and without carde or compasse to direct us: wee sayled by the sunne in the day time, and by the starres in the night, going always betwixt the S,W. and west." Upon the third day, all the provisions and water was expended, except the rice. And then Master Garret gave to every two of us a pottagedish of his rice twice a-day, which wee washed in salt water, and so eate it raw!" They were ten days at sea, during which time they were nearly lost in a gale of wind. " The rain which then fell was unto us," he says, " in the middest of our danger, a great comfort; for we saved it with great joy, and dranke it, thanking God for that good refreshing — who likewise did send the very fowles of the aire to feed us; for being wearie of their flight, they would rest upon the side of our boat: so that we tooke them, and dryed them in the sunne with a little gunpowder, and eate them." On the 10th day Thomas Morgan died, and within an hour afterwards they saw the land; but it falling calm, they were benighted before they could get to it. " And so wanting the light of the day," Nichols says, " we were upon the shoare before wee were aware, and there split our boat to the middest, and all our men were turned out, save myselfe, which held the helme, thinking the next wave would set her off again, not knowing her to be split: but the breach was so great, that it turned
me under, putting me in great danger to be grinded to pieces with her weight lying upon me against the great rocks; yet at the last wee all recovered ourselves, some sitting upon the rocks, others on the rootes of great trees, thinking there to save ourselves untill the morning. William Picks and myself went and haled the boat on shoare, which was split to the very middest, and so farre with our swords we cut off, and put in an head in the middest, and fastened it with our daggers, knives, and bodkins, stopping all the leakes with our shirts, and sent five of our companie over in her to the mayne land," near Tocayo, between Punta de Tucaras and Cabo de San Roman. The Spaniards and Indians received them very kindly; and as soon as one of them was able, he guided the Spaniards to the island where his companions were left: but this was fifteen days afterwards, during which time five of them had pined to death, which Nichols supposes was because they could not take tobacco. A supply of provisions was sent at the same time, " which," Nichols says, " when we had eaten, had almost killed us, by reason of the weaknesse of our stomacks, being so far spent that we could not digest it, although we fed thereof very sparingly." By the advice of a Fleming, who had lived sixteen years in that country, we concealed the object of our voyage from the Spaniards, but said that we were driven by a tempest upon that coast, " and told them of all the dangers which we had endured, which drave them into such great admiration, that some said verily wee were devils, and not men, others that wee deserved to be canonized, but that wee were Lutherans." At Coro, two of them died; but they were all well treated by the Spaniards, and marched to different parts. At Carthagena they were under great obligations to Francisco Lopez, whose father's goods and life had been saved by Sir Francis Drake, when he took Carthagena. Nichols returned to England in February, 1606.