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MOSAM?IQUE?. ?9. Before we returned'to the ship, we made a circuit of ?e town; the first aspect of it and of the people, forms a strange mixture of Indian? Arabian and European cos- tume, not blending very harmoniously together, and of which it is difficult to convey an adequate idea io any one unacquainted with the three countries? On Saturday the 26th of August, having expressed a wish to see the Fort, an order was immediately issued for the purpose. The commandant received us at the gateway and went round the works with us. They con. tained about eighty pieces of cannon mounted, and plen. ty of balls piled near them, which seemed to have rested long undisturbed, if a judgment might be formed by the rusty coat of antiquity which adhered to them. Some of the cannon were marked 1660, Alonzo II,, others were of Dutch extraction; and there was a very large howitzer made to cast stones of 100 lbs. weight, which might pro- bably boast a Turkish origin. The situation of the fort is judiciously chosen, and if the cannon were well served would most effectually command the entrance into the harbour, as upwards of thirty of its guns would bear on any ship attempting to force the passage. There did not,. at this time, appear much "note of preparation," a few sentries, some confined felons, and two or three old wo. men, with cakes to sell, seemed to constitute the whole of the garrison, and in truth it was not of a description to be "marched thro' Coventry." It would appear that in earlier times a more vigilant attention was paid to its defence, for in the year 1608 this fort made a most gal- lant resistance against an attack of the Dutch, who land- ed on the Island in considerable force, and after remain- ing from the 29th of July to the 1Sth of August, were obliged to re-embark with disgrace, and a 10ss of mbr�. than a hundred men killed and wounded. m

  • Vide Recuei! des Voyages de la Comp. des lndes Orient. for.

rake dans lea Provinces Unies. Amsterdam, 1705? Vol. IV. p. '?he following extract may serve to give the reader a pretty just id? of the cool kind of gutcbery practised by the Dutch in .their Oriental expeditions. "Le 17 Aoat" limmediately before the?rre- emtmrkation) "on lia tons les prisonreefs, on les conduisit ,' trynoble, et l'on cria aux aasi?gez que s'ils ne rendoient i l'instant c, le d?serteur,? on lea masaacreroit tous i: leur vu?. La repoa? t A soldier who hsd d?l'ted the pmc?lin? d?, ?,? ?