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smaller size, are more delicate, and of superior
flavour to those caught in Newfoundland. Am
bergris is also found upon the coast. The moun
tains abound in trees of the most beautiful kind,
laurels, oaks of four sorts, the carob-tree, the
wood of M'hich is extremely hard, reulis, cinna
mon-trees, Cyprus, sandal, paraguas, hazel-nut,
ivall-nut, volos, and alerces, which are a kind of
cedar, of which they make planks in great num
bers to carry to Lima and other parts. Many of
these trees are green the whole year round, from
the moisture and shelter they derive from the cor
dillera, which contains in its bowels much fire, as
appears from the volcanoes found upon it, and
which are 12 in number, without counting many
others, even as far as the straits of Magellan. Al
though these mountains and woods are so immense,
beasts of a savage kind are rarely to be found, ex
cepting such, now and then, as a tiger or leopard ;
but there are great numbers of deer, stags, vicunas,
and Imanacos, which served as food for the In
dians; as likewise of birds, as ducks, vandurrias,
swans, herons, kites, doves, piuguenes, tarlales,
parrots, hawks, falcons, goshawks ; and many sing
ing birds, as goldfinches, larks, starlings, diucas,
trillies, and many others. Its present vegetable
productions are wheat, barley, Indian wheat, grains
of different kinds, oil of the finest olives, excellent
wines, much esteemed in Peru; all kinds of suc
culent fruits, oranges, lemons, innumerable sorts of
apples, and every kind of garden herb. Flax and
liemp is cultivated here, from which they make
rigging for vessels trading to the S. seas ; and this
could be supplied in a proportion equal to any de
mand. This kingdom keeps up a considerable
trade with Peru ; for, one year with the other, it
sends to Lima from 150 to 180,000 bushels of
wheat, 120,000 quintals of grease, much wine,
and other productions, as almonds, nuts, lentils,
a sort of wild marjoram and bastard saffron ; and
takes in exchange sugar and cloths of the country.
It derives also great emolument from large herds
of the cow kind, from flocks of sheep and goats,
of the skins of which they procure fine tanned lea
ther, leathern jackets, sharaois leather, and soles of
shoes : from these animals is also procured much
fat or tallow. Flere are numerous breeds of most
beautiful horse.s, and some of these, from excelling
all the others in the swiftness of their paces, are
called aguiliUias. It also abounds in mules, and
it would still more so, if, as formerly, they were
in request at Peru, where their skins were used
instead of fine cloths and carpets. Baizes arc still
made ; as likewise some sorts of small cord, coarse
€tutfs, and many kinds of sackcloth, which is the

common vesture, and consists of a square garment,
with an opening to admit the head ; but many
looms have been lost through a want of Indians in
the manufactories. The greater part of these
people still prefer their original uncivilized state,
depending upon the natural fruits of the earth for
for their food ; for, besides the productions above
enumerated, they used to gather, without the
trouble of cultivation, all sorts of delicious fruits,
such as pines, though different from those of Eu
rope; and to make excellent chiclia of the murtilla.
Indeed the luxuriance and abundance of delicate
flowers, and aromatic and medicinal herbs, is al
most incredible ; of the last the following are the
most esteemed for their virtue, viz. the cancliala
gua, quinchemali, alhahaquilla, and culen. It
contains many mines of the richest gold, silver,
copper, lead, tin, quick-silver, brimstone, load
stone, and coal : yielding immense riches, which
the Indians never appreciated, nor even gave
themselves the least trouble about, until the con
quest of the Incas, who began to work them ;
sending portions of gold to Cuzco for the orna
ment of the temples and palaces, rather by way of
gift than of tribute. The incursions and rebel
lions of the Indians, principally of the Arauca
nians, who, in the year J599, took and destroyed
six cities, viz. Valdivia, Imperial, Angol, Santa
Crux, Chilian, and Concepcion, is the cause why
the population is in many places not large, and
that it consists of poor people, living in small
communities ; the fact being, that they are alwaj^s
living in constant dread of a surprise from the In
dians; not but that on the confines there are gar
risons, well defended by Spanish troops, with ne
cessary provisions of artillery, victuals, and am
munition. The war which has from the begin
ning been sustained by the Spaniards against these
most ferocious Indians, has tended greatly to re
duce the numbers of the former ; some having
been killed on the spot, and others doomed to be
slaves to their indignant conquerors. Indeed,
when it was found that arms were of no avail
against them, some missionaries of the society of
the Jesuits were sent among them, in the year
1612, in order to propagate the gospel ; when the
Fathers Horacio Vechi and Martin de Aranda
suffered martyrdom at their hands: after which a
treaty of peace was made by the Governor Mar
quis de Baides, A. D. 1640, and which has since
been renewed yearly ; their deputies coming re
gularly to the capital to receive the presents from
the king of Spain. They have, notwithstanding,
at different times broken the treaty, making in
cursions into the Spanish towns, and their manner
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menores que los que se pescan en Terranova, son mas tiernos y de mejor gusto, y también se suele hallar ámbar en la Costa: los montes estan poblados de árboles muy hermosos, como laureles, robles de 4 especies, algarrobos que son de una madera fortísima, reulís, canelos, cipreses, sándalos, paraguas, avellanos, nogales, guayacanes, volos y alerces, que son como una especie de cedro de que hacen tablas para conducir a Lima y otras partes en crecido número; muchos de estos árboles conservan todo el año su 1 verdura, por la humedad y abrigo de la Cordillera que encierra en sus entrañas mucho fuego por los volcanes que hay en ella, y se cuentan 12 sin otros, muchos que siguen hasta el estrecho de Magallanes, y con ser tan grandes los montes y bosques apenas se encuentran lieras en ellos, a excepción de tal qual tigre 6 leopardo, pero sí muchos venados, ciervos, vicuñas y huanacos que servían de alimento a los Indios; y de aves, patos, vandurrias, cigueñas, garzas, milanos, palomas, piuguenes, tartaIes, papagayos, cernícalos, aleones, neblíes, y muchas de canto, como gilgueros, calandrias, tordos, diucas, trillis y otros varios; los frutos que hoy produce son trigo, cebada, maiz, fríxoles de diferentes especies, aceyte de hermosas aceytunas, excelentes vinos muy estimados en el Perú, toda especie de frutas de hueso;, naranjas, limones, inumerables manzanos, y todo género de hortalizas: se cultiva el lino y mucho cáñamo, de que hacen porciones de jarcia para surtir las embarcaciones de la mar del Sur, y se fabricara mas si fuera mayor el consumo; tiene este Reyno un comercio considerable con el Perú, pues un año con otro envia a Lima de 150 a 1800 fanegas de trigo, 1 200 quintales de sebo, mucho vino y otros frutos, como almendras, avellanas, nueces, lentejas, orégano, azafrán, romi, y trae en cambio azúcar y ropas de la tierra; tiene muchas haciendas o estancias en que abunda el ganado vacuno, ovejuno y cabrío, de cuyas pieles curten cordobanes, badanas, gamuzas y zuelas, sacando mucho sebo: son grandes también las crias de caballos muy hermosos, y unas castas que al paso siguen a otros corriendo y llaman aguilillas: el ganado mular también abunda, y seria mas si se sacara para el Perú, como en otro tiempo se hacia, en que fabricaban de sus lanas paños finos, alfombras matizadas de colores, y todavía hacen algunas bayetas, cordellates, jergas y muchos ponchos, que es el bestuario común, y se reduce a una manta quadrada con una abertura en medio para entrar la cabeza, pero se han perdido muchos telares por falta de Indios, que sin tener huertas ni cultivarlas cogían, muchas frutas, como avellanas, piñones distintos de los de Europa, fresas, cocos pequeñitos, made, maque y murtilla, de que hacían excelente chicha; y hoy es tal la frondosidad y abundancia de flores delicadas y de yervas aromáticas y medicinales, que parece increíble, siendo de estas últimas las mas apreciables por sus virtudes, la canchalagua, quinchimali quilla y culen: tiene muchas minas del mas riquísimo oro, de plata, cobre, plomo, estaño, azogue, azufre, piedra imán y de carbón fósil, de que produce inmensas riquezas que nunca apreciaron los Indios ni trabajaron hasta la conquista de los Yncas que empezaron a beneficiarlas, enviando porciones de oro al Cuzco para adorno de los templos y palacios como regalo y no como tributo: las incursiones y rebeliones de los Indios, principalmente de los Araucanos, que el año de 1599 tomaron y destruyeron 6 Ciudades que fueron Valdivia, la Imperial, Angol, Santa Cruz, Chillan y la Concepción, es el motivo de haber hoy pocas poblaciones grandes, y éstas pobres y de poco vecindario, que siempre viven con el temor de alguna sorpresa de los Indios, aunque en los confines hay presidios y fuertes guarnecidos de tropa española, con las provisiones necesarias de artillería, víveres y municiones: la guerra que desde el principio han sostenido los Españoles con estos ferocísimos Indios, ha disminuido mucho el número de aquellos que lian sido muertos d, esclavos de estos bárbaros cjue nunca se lian podido reducir; y aunque viendo que no era posible conseguirlo con las armas, se intentó por el medio de Misioneros de la extinguida Compañía, a cuyo fin entrárou a predicarles el año de 1612 los Padres Horacio Vechi y Martin de Aranda fueron martirizados a sus manos, por fo qual hizo un tratado de paces el Gobernador Marques de Baides el año de 1640, y desde entonces se renueva todos los años, a cuyo fin vienen a la Capital sus Diputados, y reciben los regalos de parte del íRey; pero sin embargo, han roto la paz diferentes veces, haciendo incursión en nuestras poblaciones, y el modo

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smaller size, are more delicate, and of superior
flavour to those caught in Newfoundland. Am
bergris is also found upon the coast. The moun
tains abound in trees of the most beautiful kind,
laurels, oaks of four sorts, the carob-tree, the
wood of M'hich is extremely hard, reulis, cinna
mon-trees, Cyprus, sandal, paraguas, hazel-nut,
ivall-nut, volos, and alerces, which are a kind of
cedar, of which they make planks in great num
bers to carry to Lima and other parts. Many of
these trees are green the whole year round, from
the moisture and shelter they derive from the cor
dillera, which contains in its bowels much fire, as
appears from the volcanoes found upon it, and
which are 12 in number, without counting many
others, even as far as the straits of Magellan. Al
though these mountains and woods are so immense,
beasts of a savage kind are rarely to be found, ex
cepting such, now and then, as a tiger or leopard ;
but there are great numbers of deer, stags, vicunas,
and Imanacos, which served as food for the In
dians; as likewise of birds, as ducks, vandurrias,
swans, herons, kites, doves, piuguenes, tarlales,
parrots, hawks, falcons, goshawks ; and many sing
ing birds, as goldfinches, larks, starlings, diucas,
trillies, and many others. Its present vegetable
productions are wheat, barley, Indian wheat, grains
of different kinds, oil of the finest olives, excellent
wines, much esteemed in Peru; all kinds of suc
culent fruits, oranges, lemons, innumerable sorts of
apples, and every kind of garden herb. Flax and
liemp is cultivated here, from which they make
rigging for vessels trading to the S. seas ; and this
could be supplied in a proportion equal to any de
mand. This kingdom keeps up a considerable
trade with Peru ; for, one year with the other, it
sends to Lima from 150 to 180,000 bushels of
wheat, 120,000 quintals of grease, much wine,
and other productions, as almonds, nuts, lentils,
a sort of wild marjoram and bastard saffron ; and
takes in exchange sugar and cloths of the country.
It derives also great emolument from large herds
of the cow kind, from flocks of sheep and goats,
of the skins of which they procure fine tanned lea
ther, leathern jackets, sharaois leather, and soles of
shoes : from these animals is also procured much
fat or tallow. Flere are numerous breeds of most
beautiful horse.s, and some of these, from excelling
all the others in the swiftness of their paces, are
called aguiliUias. It also abounds in mules, and
it would still more so, if, as formerly, they were
in request at Peru, where their skins were used
instead of fine cloths and carpets. Baizes arc still
made ; as likewise some sorts of small cord, coarse
€tutfs, and many kinds of sackcloth, which is the

common vesture, and consists of a square garment,
with an opening to admit the head ; but many
looms have been lost through a want of Indians in
the manufactories. The greater part of these
people still prefer their original uncivilized state,
depending upon the natural fruits of the earth for
for their food ; for, besides the productions above
enumerated, they used to gather, without the
trouble of cultivation, all sorts of delicious fruits,
such as pines, though different from those of Eu
rope; and to make excellent chiclia of the murtilla.
Indeed the luxuriance and abundance of delicate
flowers, and aromatic and medicinal herbs, is al
most incredible ; of the last the following are the
most esteemed for their virtue, viz. the cancliala
gua, quinchemali, alhahaquilla, and culen. It
contains many mines of the richest gold, silver,
copper, lead, tin, quick-silver, brimstone, load
stone, and coal : yielding immense riches, which
the Indians never appreciated, nor even gave
themselves the least trouble about, until the con
quest of the Incas, who began to work them ;
sending portions of gold to Cuzco for the orna
ment of the temples and palaces, rather by way of
gift than of tribute. The incursions and rebel
lions of the Indians, principally of the Arauca
nians, who, in the year J599, took and destroyed
six cities, viz. Valdivia, Imperial, Angol, Santa
Crux, Chilian, and Concepcion, is the cause why
the population is in many places not large, and
that it consists of poor people, living in small
communities ; the fact being, that they are alwaj^s
living in constant dread of a surprise from the In
dians; not but that on the confines there are gar
risons, well defended by Spanish troops, with ne
cessary provisions of artillery, victuals, and am
munition. The war which has from the begin
ning been sustained by the Spaniards against these
most ferocious Indians, has tended greatly to re
duce the numbers of the former ; some having
been killed on the spot, and others doomed to be
slaves to their indignant conquerors. Indeed,
when it was found that arms were of no avail
against them, some missionaries of the society of
the Jesuits were sent among them, in the year
1612, in order to propagate the gospel ; when the
Fathers Horacio Vechi and Martin de Aranda
suffered martyrdom at their hands: after which a
treaty of peace was made by the Governor Mar
quis de Baides, A. D. 1640, and which has since
been renewed yearly ; their deputies coming re
gularly to the capital to receive the presents from
the king of Spain. They have, notwithstanding,
at different times broken the treaty, making in
cursions into the Spanish towns, and their manner
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