Francisco Javier de Viana

Francisco Javier de Viana

(1763--1820) Uruguayan naval officer originally in the service of Spain. Served as an ensign on the Malaspina Expedition, of which his account was the first to be published.

Marzo 10, 1792

Concluídas nuestras tareas geográficas entablaron poco antes del mediodía las brisas, y favorecidos de la marea dimos la vela entrambas corbetas, haciendo el paso por

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18 April 1792

Having received the final orders from the Comandante, a wide-ranging passport from the Governor, and the kind letters of introduction from the Very Reverend Provincial

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20 April 1792

We would undoubtedly have reached the town of Lingayen on the 20th if I had not found, from Arayat to Paniqui, a state of apathy

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25 April 1792

As the fresh northerly breeze would enable us to reach the vicinity of Cape Bolinao by dawn, and definitely did not allow any other course

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27 April 1792

With the land breeze and the sea breeze constantly in our favour, we were able to reach Cambayan River, as we desired, at eight in

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30 April 1792

That night we came to an agreement with Capitán Ker that on the morning of the 30th he would take Segundo Piloto Delgado and myself

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5 May 1792

At dawn on the 5th Linao Point was visible, although indistinctly, and soon we could see the church of Aparri. We would undoubtedly have reached

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6 May 1792

Although there were pontines on the river, they were all laid up at present, and none could be made ready for us until the 8th

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9 May 1792

At noon on the 9th we were in latitude 18°24′26″ and longitude 0°47′50″ east of Manila; the church of Aparri bore S69°W, the westernmost point

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15 May 1792

At noon on the 15th our latitude by observation was 17°6′20″ and our longitude 0°43′36″, in which position Mount Abot bore N33°E, the bay and

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16 May 1792

On the 16th our position at noon was latitude 16°38′55″ and longitude 0°54′26″; Namapacan Point bore N52°E, San Fernando Point S35°E, and Santo Tomás Point

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17 May 1792

At noon on the 17th we were in latitude 16°26′30″ and longitude 1°14′00″, Balingasay Point bearing S17°E, the church and town of Bolinao S69°E, and

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