They are a cluster of very small islands, and were discovered by John Bermudez, a Spaniard, from whom they received their first name, as they did their second from Sir George Summer, who was cast away upon them in 1609, since which they have belonged to Great Britain. They are situated in the Atlantic ocean in 32 degrees north latitude. They have a clear temperate air, with plenty of flesh, fish poultry, fruits, herbs, roots &c. The climate, however, of late years is altered for the worse. Cedars grow here, ambergris is found on the shores and whales and turtles are caught on the coast. Here is a breed of black hog which are much valued. White chalk stones and tobacco are exported. Oranges and palmettes abound; and many things are found in great plenty, water excepted; for the inhabitants have none but what falls from the clouds.
The chief island, St George, which takes its name from George-Town is a pleasant place, sixteen miles in length and three in breadth and contains handsome buildings. The chief employment of the inhabitants is building small vessels.
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