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from those parts we have our principal stores of skins; we might also get silks, timber for ships, and divers other commodities. If there be a scarcity of corn and wine, 'tis less occasion'd by the defect of the soil, than for want of the improvement of husbandry. Lastly, to procure all the treasures of nature, 'tis only requisite to bestow some pains in seeking for 'em, and to improve 'em when found. Such is the state of affairs in that country: God grant that a happy and lasting peace may soon put us in possession, and secure us in the enjoyment of these advantages.
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WRITTEN IN SWEED, BY THOMAS CAMPANIUS HOLM, LATE OB NEW SWEED LAND,
ALS DELAWARE, AND PRINTED AT STOCKHOLM, A. D. 1702.
EXTRACT OF A TRANSLATION
THE HISTORY OF NEW SWEED LAND,
The province New Sweed Land, doth lye in the northern part of America. And Virginia, and some imagine that its name is arrived, that is Virgini from a king whose name was called Vignina ; but we read in later histories that its name arrived from the
queen of England, Elizabeth, who lived and dyed a virgin. It lyeth in 37 degrees to its height, as the Virginia Company in the year 1606 have observed with their artices. It stretcheth east to the great ocean, south unto Florida, north unto New France, and westward to places yet unknown and not as yet discovered. But New Sweed Land lyeth to its height, 39 degrees, 40 minutes, of each side of Delaware river, containing in length from Cape Inlopen at the bay about 30 miles up to the falls, north east, which the Sweeds have purchased from the right owners in America. The bay in its entrance is 9 miles long and 6 or 7 miles broad, the natives called it Poutaxat, the English Delaware bay, of Mons. de la Ware, named after one of their captains, which this river discovered in the year A. D. 1600, under Admiral Jaques Chartier. The Dutch call it South River or New Nether Land, as a particular dividing it from the north river, which they possessed at New