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Their Buildings are principally the Morais or Places of Worship, which have been discribed by Captain Cook and some of them are amazing lar[g]e piles of stone that must remain as Monuments of their Ingenuity for ages; they [are] regularly and exactly built without tools, or Cement, and can receive No damage but from time. Of these evry family of note have one of proportionable size to the Wealth of the Owner and In them as beforesaid they perform their relegious rites with becoming decency and awful Reverence.

Their Houses are Neat Thatches Made of the Palm leaves and Supported on posts and are of Different sizes according to the owners abilitys; the Dwelling houses are Mostly raild round with Wattles, and in bad weather they screen them in with Cocoa Nut leaves wove into a kind of Matting which they remove in fine Weather. They are exactly Calculated for the Climate and want no other fence but to keep the hogs out — the common size is from 30 to 40 feet long 18 or 20 High and about the same broad of these each family has two, on[e] for the Males and the other for the Females, & some have their Hogstyes in the Midle — they are generally of


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