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8 November, 1768


On 8 November, 1768, James Cook wrote “At 6 AM saw the Land of Brasil bearing NW½N Distce 8 or 10 Leagues; at 8 sounded had 37 fathom Coarse sand broken shells and coral rocks. At 9 brought too and spoke with a fishing Boat who informed us that the land in sight lay to the southward of Santo Espiritu, it appears high and mountainous”.

Joseph Banks wrote “At day break today we made the Land which Provd to be the Continent of S. America in Lat. 21.16; about ten we saw a fishing boat who told us that the countrey we saw belongd to the Captainship of Espirito Santo”.

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