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THE AUTHORaS APOLOGY.
of the Corbin.1 I was of the number, being not less desirous of seeing the world than of getting rich, and embarked in the Corbin. This ship had a worse fate than the other, and was lost,2 and I have at last escaped, after many troubles. Since it has pleased God, contrary to all expectation, to bring me safe and sound to my native land after suffering so many hardships and running endless risks, not only having been borne about to most of the maritime regions and to the Indian islands, making almost a circuit of the world and visiting all four continents, but also having lived for the space of ten years among various races, and in my long sojourn learnt their manners, laws, and customs, perhaps better (as I may say without vanity) than any other Frenchmananay than even any Portuguese or Hollander,a I have been constrained to put in writing whatever strange things I saw in my long travel, that so my countrymen may share them. My tale may also serve to give warning to those who would make the same voyage, to avoid the troubles into which I fell, or rather which I saw happen to others, so that by learning those mistakes in our navigation which caused our disaster, they may make the enterprise with more circumspection.
1 Martin adds the name of the chief merchant, Christofle Moreau, sieur du Poisyant (Martin, p. 12). This man seems to have taken a prominent part in the League, for he appears at the head of the list of proscribed persons in a decree and ordonnance of the Seneschal of Rennes, 30 April 1590 (Dubois, L. F., Essai sur Vhistoire de la Ville de Vitre, Paris, 1839, 8vo., p. 141).
2 He would seem to imply here that the Croissant got safely home, but, as we shall see hereafter, she was abandoned almost within French waters, and sank in the sight of her remaining crew, who were rescued by the Hollanders.2 He would seem to imply here that the Croissant got safely home, but, as we shall see hereafter, she was abandoned almost within French waters, and sank in the sight of her remaining crew, who were rescued by the Hollanders.