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8 On dropping anchor at Santa Maria on 29 May the omens were clearly not so auspicious, as two dozen or more Spanish cavalrymen appeared riding to and fro, and a bark at anchor nearby was able to escape and warn the mainland of intruders. Nevertheless a Spanish negotiator, Juan Cornejo, delivered an invitation to the principal Dutch officers to dine ashore on the evening of 30 May, but no sooner had they landed when they were recalled by the Huntsman whose crew had seen armed men making directly for the spot where the dinner was to take place, and concluded that some mischief was afoot.

At Papudo on 13 June the scene was more peaceful, as they were led to fresh water by wild horses corning down to drink from streams. 12 Before departing on 16 June, van Speilbergen released two prisoners taken at Sao Vicente (one of them being Francisco de Lima) and the Spaniard Cornejo taken at Santa Maria. At the same time Andreas Heinrich and Philip Hansen seized the opportunity to desert. A brief visit to Arica on 2 July seems to have been due in part to disappointment at not finding any silver galleons at anchor, as well as to hasty defence measures.

However, although the Dutch were to continue to advance in both directions, to the west this was limited to the Caribbean, the Guiana coast and Brazil for more than a decade. In fact, in the years immediately following the foundation of the company, there had developed a struggle for supremacy between Willem Usselincx, another refugee from the south, proposer of schemes for Dutch expansion in the West Indies and leader of a group generally referred to as the 'war party', and Johan van Oldenbarnevelt who directed the 'peace party' towards the conclusion of some form of understanding with Spain.

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