Note 051
From Chapter 67 of the Decline & Fall

He sailed in a country vessel from the spice islands to one of the ports of the exterior India;

invenitque navem grandem Ibericam, quâ in Portugalliam est delatus.

This passage, composed in 1477 (Phranza, l. iii. c. 30), twenty years before the discovery of the Cape of Good Hope, is spurious or wonderful. But this new geography is sullied by the old and incompatible error which places the source of the Nile in India.

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