By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.
Gold is a treasure, and he who possesses it does all he wishes to in this world, and succeeds in helping souls into paradise.
I am a most noteworthy sinner, but I have cried out to the Lord for grace and mercy, and they have covered me completely. I have found the sweetest consolation since I made it my whole purpose to enjoy His marvellous Presence.
Riches don't make a man rich, they only make him busier.
The air soft as that of Seville in April, and so fragrant that it was delicious to breathe it.
No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Saviour, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service.
For the execution of the voyage to the Indies, I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics or maps.
Tomorrow morning before we depart, I intend to land and see what can be found in the neighborhood.
These people are very unskilled in arms... with 50 men they could all be subjected and made to do all that one wished.
But in truth, should I meet with gold or spices in great quantity, I shall remain till I collect as much as possible, and for this purpose I am proceeding solely in quest of them.
Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.
Their houses are all built in the shape of tents, with very high chimneys.
Stood off and on during the night, determining not to come to anchor till morning, fearing to meet with shoals; continued our course in the morning; and as the island was found to be six or seven leagues distant, and the tide was against us, it was noon when we arrived there.
I am not solicitous to examine particularly everything here, which indeed could not be done in fifty years, because my desire is to make all possible discoveries, and return to your Highnesses, if it please our Lord, in April.
I found that part of it towards San Salvador extending from north to south five leagues, and the other side which we coasted along, ran from east to west more than ten leagues.
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