¶Of Pictauia. chap. 124.
PIctauia, Poydow is a Prouince of Fraunce Narbonens. Pictes, Eng∣lishmen and Scots sayled thether in old time, and dwelled there, and gaue at the last the name of their ofspring to ye men and to the land. as Herodotus writer of stories telleth. The which men came sayling out of the Countreyes of Bri∣taine, and they sailed along the sea coast of the Occean of Guyan, and obtained a place in the country at last, against men of the land, not without strong battaile, and builded & called the chiefe Towne, Pictauium by the name of Pictes, as Herodotus sayth: and now that towne is called Poycters, and they called a great Countrey about Pictauia, that is Peyto. Laire runneth by this land, and this land stretcheth along vpon the sea Occean, and hath Spayne in the East side, & the Brittish Occean in ye South, and the lesse Britaine in the North, and the coast of Gyan in the West. This lyttle Prouince is noble and solempne in diuers things. For it is sayde that the grounde beareth welnigh all manner Page 240 Corne, fruite and wine, and is rich of all good that the ground bréedeth. There be solempne hauens of the sea, and noble ci∣ties and townes, riuers and wells, most merry flews, meades and woodes, and is most strengthened with Rockes on the Sea side, as it fareth at Rochell, vn∣neth men may come to that towne, see straightnesse of place and of the sea, as be with. The men thereof be meddeled w〈…〉tre•th men in tongue and in ma∣nets• therefore, though they haue of the first Pictes, that men of that Nation, should be kindly strong of body, & séem∣ly of shape: yet of French men, they take, that they be fierce; and more sharpe of wit, than other Nations nigh about them. And no wonder for as Isi. saith li. 9. by diuersitie of heuen, face of men and colours, quantities of body, wit of harts be diuers. Therefore we fair, that Ro∣manes be sad, the Gréekes light, the A•∣trées guilefull, and French, men kindlye fierce and sharp of with that maketh kind of climes; as it is sayd there. Therefore men of Peyto be strong of body, faire of face, bolde of heart, guilefull and deceiua∣ble of wit, as Herodotus saith.