Fustic (Chlorophora tinctoria) is a tropical hardwood tree found in South America, which produces a yellow dye.
Nicaragua Wood is a tropical hardwood tree which produces a red dye.
Latin was spoken widely throughout Europe because it was the primary language of the Catholic Church. As a result, it could be use to communicate where there was no other shared language.
The Rio de la Plata is a river and estuary that forms part of the border between Argentina and Uruguay. Both the capitals of Buenos Aires and Montevideo lie on the Plata.
Havana is the capital city of Cuba, in the Caribbean.
In Defoe's time, the Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition, better known as the "Spanish Inquisition" was at its height. It was not formally abolished until 1834.
And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread by the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.
Alicante is a historic port on the southern coast of Spain, famous for its wine.
Quicksand is a mixture of sand and water which is referred to as ‘quick’ in the sense of living.
When someone steps on it they will sink and may become trapped.