The captain set foot onto new land. The land itself was not new, as it was a product of millions of years of geological forces, but rather new in the eyes of the observer. Also, the captain did not only use one foot to hoist himself from ship to ground, but instead jumped off with a neat and tidy hop.
He then surveyed his surroundings. He did not question his surroundings, for that would be silly, and he was in no way surrounded in the sense that he was cornered or otherwise disadvantaged.
“Would you shut up?” said the captain.