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A New Voyage Round the World by a Course Never Sailed Before

Daniel Defoe

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. . .hem, he had made some advantage; and that, being resolved to leave them, he had a good while ago packed up some of the best of what he had got, to make his escape, and begged I would let him deposit it with me as a security for his fidelity.

Upon this he ordered a chest to be taken out of the shallop, and brought into my great cabin; and, besides this, gave me out of his pocket, a bag, sealed up, the contents of which I shall speak of hereafter.

The shallop returned the next day, and I sent back the[Pg 246] mate with my long-boat and twenty-four men, to go and take possession of the ship; and appointed my carpenter to go and see to the repairs that were necessary to be done to her: and some days after, I sent Captain Merlotte with the supercargo, in our sloop, to go and secure the possession, and to cover the retreat of any of the men who might have a mind to come away, and might be opposed by the rest; and this was done at the request of the gunner who . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Like any sea voyage, long stretches of the doldrums broken up by some interesting landfalls...more

Didn't actually finish it, I had trouble relating to it and had trouble following the account. More maps could have been useful.

Read for school.

I can see where people like Darwin could be really affected by this book, but I personally found it boring and hard to read. Not my favorite.

In many ways it's hard to imagine this book as a bestseller of the seventeenth century. It chronicles the day-to-day life of an English buccaneer with a naturalist's bent. There's lots of sailing from island to island, crew squabbles, ordinary everyday routine - and, suddenly, occasionally, the o...more