Excerpt from British and Native Cochin It is w more than three centuries and a half since Columbus, by the discovery of a Continent beyond the Atlantic, re-excited the spirit of adventure throughout Europe. Actuated chiefly by a desire to reach the western coast of that El Dorado, which, from the time of the Crusaders, had supplied the North with the most esteemed luxuries of the East, he was also influenced by an ambition to diminish the power of Venice to the advantage of Spain. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.