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Portion of Flinders' journal on HMS Providence (1791-93) (FLI08a) Page 1

Santa Cruz not a large Town, Streets wide, ill pavd [sic] and ir-
-regular – the Houses of the principal Inhabitants large and
have very little Furniture, but are airy and pleasant suit-
-able to the Climate most of them have Balconies, where the
Owners sit and enjoy the Air – Those of the lower Claƒs, ill
built dirty and almost without Furniture – On the East side
of the Town next the Road is a small public Garden of a
rectangular Figure, containing two Rows of Poplar Trees and
at this Time ornamented with Patches of Marvel of Peru
In the Square where the Market is held, near the Pier, is a
tolerably elegant marble Obelisk in Honour of our Lady of
Candelaria, the {tutelar} Goddeƒs of the Place, and ^ to whom the
Spaniards on their Arrival erected this Statue calling it our
Lady, keeping up some resemblance of the ancient Worship
that they might the better keep the Tenerifians in Subjec-
-tion – at the Top of the Obelisk is placed the Statue, and at
its Base are four well executed Figures representing the
Ancient Kings or Princes of Teneriffe, each of which has the
Shin bone of a Mans Leg in his Hand. This Image is held
in great Estimation by the Lower Claƒs of People, who tell
many absurd Stories of its first Appearance in the Isld
the many Miracles she has wrought &c On the four sides
of the Pedestal are the following Inscriptions in Spanish
                      On the East side
At the Expence [sic] and cordial Devotion of Don Bartholomew An-
tonio Montainez, perpetual Governor of the Royal Castle
of Candelaria the Strand of Candelaria, in the Year of our
Lord 1768, the tenth of the Pontificate of our Holy Father

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Marvel of Peru
Aloe americanae
Semper vivum
Order of St Dominic
Spanish mackerel
Hedgehog fish
Portuguese man of war
Dolphin fish
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