Luis Née

Luis Née

(July 12, 1735 – October 3, 1807) naturalized Spaniard born in France, botanist. Member of the Malaspina scientific expedition to the Philippines. In early March, 1792, arrived at Sorsogon Bay. The next three months were spent traveling to Manila.

17 March 1792

Sorsogon is a pueblo in decay. Its population is not more than 200 [crossed out words]. The many though small streams springing from the [crossed

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23 April 1792

The road from Oas to Yraga [Iriga] which I took on the 23rd of April by way of Polangui is not alike and quite different

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24 April 1792

The continuous Igorot attacks against travellers on their way from Nabua to Nueva Caceres made me take the necessary precautions to avoid them. For this

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28-29 April 1792*

I, therefore, resolved to avoid unprofitable expenses, and, on the [18th] 28th*, I embarked on the squadron of small ships destined for privateering. The whole

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2 May 1792

On the 2nd of May, we sailed on and reached Capalonga, second pueblo that sustains itself solely by transporting its bonga for the market in

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22 May 1792

I arrived on the 22nd in Mambulao, the famous mining camp situated on an elevated terrain in a cove with a narrow beach gouged with

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23 May 1792*

On the (?)* I made my way to Mauban always by boat. The next day I went to Apag, a small pueblo of 26 tributes

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24 May 1792

On the 24th, these observation trips finished, I sailed again for Mauban but the lovely forests that appeared before me a little after obliged me

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28 May 1792

On the 28th I went to Atimonan, a big town surrounded by paling and some baluartes. Its houses are roofed with tiles; its streets not

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29 May 1792

(The following sentence was crossed out but legible.) On the 29th I went to Mauban, where I had the pleasure of coming across our chief,

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6 June 1792

On the 6th of June, I arrived in Cavinti, a small pueblo on a rise that blocks two streams. In its outskirts, there are excellent

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20-21 June 1792

On the 20th I boarded a parao, sailed downriver and entered Manila on the 21st at three o’clock in the afternoon. (Probably because of the

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