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The author’s departure for the western part of America, in the service of the French West India Company. Encounter at sea with an English warship. Arrival at the island of Tortuga.

In the year 1666, on the second of May, we left Havre de Grace in the St. John, under direction of the West India Company’s delegate. The ship mounted twenty-eight guns and carried twenty seamen and two hundred and twenty passengers, including indentured servants of the Company and free persons with their servants.

We came to anchor below the Cape of Barfleur, in order to meet with seven more of the Company’s ships due to arrive from Dieppe, together with a warship mounting thirty-seven guns and two hundred and fifty men.

Two ships were bound for Senegal, five for the Carribean Islands, and ourselves for the island of Tortuga.

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