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Offers fascinating anecdotes of recognized americans, together with Paul Revere, Richard Nixon and Eliot Ness.

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At least one local chief exhibited an intricate ceremonial mask bearing gold leaf features. The Indians repeatedly promised to show Columbus where more gold was to be found, but never did. Apparently, the Europeans’ obsession with gold did not trigger the locals’ suspicions. Why would it? Columbus found them to be an “artless and generous” people, freely sharing all that they had. ” And it didn’t matter what they got in return, no matter how worthless. Columbus caught his men trading “fragments of broken platters and pieces of broken glass, and strap buckles” with the natives.

It all became too much for crew member Henry Greene, who along with Juet and three other crew members staged a mutiny. As soon as the summer’s rays released the Discovery from its icy grip, the mutineers overpowered Captain Hudson and his loyal crew members. They then attempted to recruit as many of the neutral crew members to join them. ” Hudson and eight others, including his son and the ship’s carpenter, were placed in a small canoe-shaped boat and cast adrift as the Discovery sailed back toward England.

Taking the hint, Cook made arrangements to resupply his ships with food, water, and firewood, quitting the islands to great fanfare on February 4. As their sails filled with a fresh wind, one member of the crew recorded his impressions of the Hawaiian people in his journal. ” He had no idea how quickly his assessment would be put to the test. Cook had intended to explore some of the other islands in the Hawaiian archipelago, but a bad storm intervened, damaging a mast. To make the necessary repairs, Cook sent his able mate, William Bligh, in search of an appropriate harbor.

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