National Geographic : 1927 Nov
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE (O Publishers' Photo Service GAMA BARTERED CHEAP RED CAPS FOR IVORY Around this beautiful Cape Point Drive, Capetown, Union of South Africa, lies the great bay where Gama and his men, armed with crossbows, went ashore and traded with the negroes. These natives played flutes, "thus making a pretty harmony for negroes, who are not expected to be musicians." Before leaving, Gama bought an ox for meat, paying for it with three bracelets. The three ships resumed their voyage, passing the "farthest north" achieved by Diaz after he had rounded the Cape, and here it seemed as if the jealous sea rallied to a last desperate stand against the in truders. A sudden storm arose. Soon it seemed anonymous Roteiro (Journal or Itinerary) are the sources of last resort of Gama's travels. Gaspar Correa did not arrive in India until 15 years after Gama first landed. He found the notes of the first expedition compiled by a priest, one of those conservators of medieval history, and from this source and others less reliable he evolved a gossipy record that a Pepys might have written, but not a Macaulay. One version as black as night. Small sails and lower sails were struck, shrouds were lashed to the yards to make the masts more secure, and the foresails alone remained. The winds whipped the little boats with fiercer fury. Lightning dimmed the lamps hung out so they might keep together. we now possess was salvaged from a Lisbon confectioner's shop, fortunately before many leaves had been used to wrap up sweetmeats. The Roteiro is more authentic, but as distress ingly laconic at times as the first chapter of Genesis. And then again one must guess at the meaning of some of the curious notes, such as those, for example, on the aforementioned Seal Island.