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" encouragement and approbation. To them it appeared promising and advantageous. A subscription was opened and speedily filled up, by Sir Lionel Ducket, Sir Thomas Lodge, Sir William Winter, and other, who plainly perceived the vast profits that would result from such trade. Accordingly three ships were fitted out, and manned by an hundred select sailors, who Hawkins encouraged to go with him by promises of good treatment and great pay. In the year 1562 he set sail for Africa, and in a few weeks arrived at the country called Sierra Leona, where he began his commerce with the Negroes. While he trafficked with them, he found the means of giving them a charming description of the country to which he was bound; the unsuspicious Africans listened to him with apparent joy and satisfaction, and seemed remarkably fond of his European trinkets, food, and clothes. He pointed out to them the barrenness of the country, and their names and wretched condition, and promised them if any of them were weary of their miserable circumstances, and would go along with him, he would carry them to a plentiful land, where they [should] live happy, and receive an abundant recompense for their labours. He told them the country was inhabited by such men as himself and his jovial companions, and offered them kind usage and great friendship. In short, the Negroes were overcome by his flattering promises, and three hundred stout fellows accepted his offer, and consented to embark along with him. Everything being settled on the most amicable terms between them, Hawkins made

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