Jamaica viewed with all the ports, harbours, and their several soundings, towns, and settlements thereunto belonging together, with the nature of it's climate, fruitfulnesse of the soile, and its suitableness to English complexions. With several other collateral observations and reflexions upon the island.
Hickeringill, Edmund, 1631-1708.

1. THat Bulky Armadoes are many times sunk with their own weight; which, if parcell'd out into sea∣sonable Recruits, had signified more Page  51by each Retail, then the prodigal waste of such whole-sale Adventures.

The Dimensions of this great Pre∣paration vastly exceeding the difficul∣ties that could encounter them, from all the united Forces in Hispaniola: and fitted out with strengths sufficient to make Prize of the whole Spanish Plate-Fleet, rather then the sacking of a small Town, or an unpeopled Land, such as is St. Domingo, and Hi∣spantola; who at the first brunt left this town to the Ransack of Gen. Iack∣son's men; though timely Alarum'd by Iackson's Demurre, at the Harbours mouth, for four dayes space; and then not able to land above five hundred men.

A thousand English Souldiers be∣ing now an over-match to all the pow∣er, that the Spaniards in Hispaniola, can bring into the field; unable at this day to serrit out a new French Bucka∣neers, or Hunting Marownaes, for∣merly mentioned; who live by kil∣lingPage  52the wild Beeves for their Hides; and might grow rich by the Trade, did not their lavish Riotings in ex∣pence (at the neighbour-Tortudoes) exceed the hardship of their Incomes. Their comfort is, they can never be broke whilest they have a Dog and a Gun; both which, are more industri∣ously tended then themselves.

These Acteon-straglers (that sel∣dome number above five or six in a company) are often affronted with the Spanish Rounds (consisting of a∣bout one hundred Fire-locks) that once a year compass the Island, yet dare they never cope with these reso∣lute Champions, & wandring Knights; who, setting back to back, would make sure to sell their lives at a dou∣ble rate, and in that posture bid de∣fiance to the Enemy.

The Grave Seignior scorning to barter a drop of Poenish bloud in ex∣change for an Ocean of such Rascal-Gaule.

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And I am very confident that the small Remnant left in Iamaica (know∣ing how to victual their Camps with what the Woods afford) will be able to disaray the Spaniards in Hispaniola or Cuba, (even to admiration,) and a∣bove what the most favouring presage can expect or Autume.

And certainly this Foot-hold (yet se∣cur'd, maugre the Spanish craft and power,) foiled twice by them in their reattempts doth open so fair a passage into the Indies; that if His sacred Ma∣jesty, our most excellent Prince do not in mercy balk the Spaniard; a few years will immortalize Him one of the greatest Emperours of the World: being happy, and not onely in an in∣vincible Navy, but in the Dominion of Northern Kingdomes, that are therefore so fruitfull, that they store him with more men then Room: who are soonest likely to leave justling when they are parted with more elbow-room: The very Division of that Page  54united Abraham and Lot, who by too near correspondence fell together by the ears. Thus too nigh neighbour∣hood begets contentions, whilest di∣stance and absence usually enhanceth the affections of near friends.