The English were preceded in the whale fishery by the Hollanders
, Zealanders, and Danes; from whom they derived many terms still extant in the fishery; and what is yet more, their fat old fashions, touching plenty to eat and drink.
Never had any man a voyage so troublesome as mine, or interrupted with such variety of unhappy accidents; I was shipwrecked on the coast of Natal, I was taken by the Hollanders
, and it is not easy to mention the danger which I was exposed to both by land and sea before I arrived at Portugal.
They had been the settlers of thirteen separate and distinct English colonies, along the margin of the shore of the North American Continent; contiguously situated, but chartered by adventurers of characters variously diversified, including sectarians, religious and political, of all the classes which for the two preceding centuries had agitated and divided the people of the British islands--and with them were intermingled the descendants of Hollanders, Swedes, Germans, and French fugitives from the persecution of the revoker of the Edict of Nantes.
Invited and urged by the open-hearted and truly benevolent people who had given them an asylum from the persecution of their own kindred to form their settlement within the territories then under their jurisdiction, the love of their country predominated over every influence save that of conscience alone, and they preferred the precarious chance of relaxation from the bigoted rigor of the English Government to the certain liberality and alluring offers of the Hollanders. Observe, my countrymen, the generous patriotism, the cordial union of soul, the conscious yet unaffected vigor which beam in their application to the British monarch:
"Aye, shame on the Hollanders
and Iroquois, who circumvented them by their deviltries, into such a treaty!
I gave him a short account of some particulars, and made my story as plausible and consistent as I could; but I thought it necessary to disguise my country, and call myself a Hollander
; because my intentions were for Japan, and I knew the Dutch were the only Europeans permitted to enter into that kingdom.
I first beheld him on the quay, a complete stranger to me, obviously not a Hollander
, in a black bowler and a short drab overcoat, ridiculously out of tone with the winter aspect of the waste-lands, bordered by the brown fronts of houses with their roofs dripping with melting snow.
"First of all," said the Count, "I am not a citizen, but an officer, which is a very different thing; and secondly, I am not a Hollander
, but a Frenchman, which is more different still.
Darwin, the naturalist, says of the inhabitants of Tierra del Fuego, that while his own party, who were well clothed and sitting close to a fire, were far from too warm, these naked savages, who were farther off, were observed, to his great surprise, "to be streaming with perspiration at undergoing such a roasting." So, we are told, the New Hollander
goes naked with impunity, while the European shivers in his clothes.
But in regard to the shrill voice, the peculiarity is - not that they disagreed - but that, while an Italian, an Englishman, a Spaniard, a Hollander
, and a Frenchman attempted to describe it, each one spoke of it as that of a foreigner.
Teaching you valuable beginning and intermediate level skills, using their trademark hands-on approach, the Hollanders
explain the basics of the craft, then guide you through five projects.
Moreover, since the letters' original wording appeared verbatim, there was the problem of conveying an unknown subtext: What terrible experiences were the Krakow Hollanders
leaving out of their letters?