The London General Gazetteer, Or Geographical Dictionary: Containing a Description of the Various Countries, Kingdoms, States, Cities, Towns, &c. of the Known World ... (Google eBook)

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W. Baynes & Son, 1825 - Geography
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Page 347 - The country is Watered by the tributary streams of the Orinoco and the Amazon. Guiana is overspread with the most luxuriant vegetation, abounding in the finest woods, in fruits of every description, and in an infinite variety of both rare and useful plants. Many of the trees grow to the height of 100 feet ; they consist of every variety, of such...
Page 222 - The women are not so much distinguished from the men by their features as by their general form, which is, for the most part destitute of that strong fleshy firmness that appears in the latter. Though the features of some are so delicate, as not only to be a true index of their sex, but to lay claim to a considerable share of beauty and expression, the rule is by no means so general as in many other countries.
Page 220 - ... saw in this sea. They are built of several pieces sewed together with bandage, in so neat a manner, that on the outside it is difficult to see the joints. All the fastenings are on the inside, and pass through kants or ridges, which are wrought on the edges and ends of the several boards which compose the vessel, for that purpose.
Page 431 - America, or the variety and elegance of those of Asia, or the delicacy and freshness of the woods of our temperate countries of Europe. The vegetation is generally gloomy and sad; it has the aspect of our evergreens or heaths; the plants are for the most part woody; the leaves of nearly all the plants are linear, lanceolated, small, coriaceous, and spinescent.
Page 222 - ... them, unless it be a fulness at the point of the nose, which is very common. But, on the other hand, we met with hundreds of truly European faces, and many genuine Roman noses amongst them.
Page 219 - This heavy burden often exhausts his patience, and then he endeavours, but in vain, to shake it off; which, however, never fails to excite a horrid outcry over the whole country, that lasts for some time after the shock is over, and we have sometimes seen them endeavour to quell his discontent and reduce him to good behaviour, by beating the ground with large sticks. Tongaloer, the god of the sky, and Fenoulonga, of the rain, they suppose to be males. Besides these, they have a great many others...
Page 415 - These cottages are in general miserable habitations. They are built of round stones, without any cement, thatched with sods, and sometimes heath : they are generally, though not always, divided by a wicker partition into two apartments, in the larger of which the family reside ; it serves likewise as a sleeping room for them all.
Page 221 - ... long as to go once and a half round the waist, to which it is confined by a girdle or cord; it is double before and hangs down like a petticoat as low as the middle of the leg. The upper part of the garment above the girdle is plaited...
Page 431 - The inhabitants of New Holland are of the middle stature. They have a large, misshapen head, slender extremities and projecting bellies. Their noses are flat, nostrils wide, eyes much sunk in the head, and covered with thick eye-brows. Their lips are thick, their mouths very wide, their teeth white, sound and even. Many have very prominent jaws. The skin is at first red, and afterwards becomes almost of an African blackness. Both sexes rub fish oil into their skins to protect them from the air ami...
Page 78 - I. As it now stands, it is not of high antiquity. Its north-west towers were built by James V., but the remaining part of it was added during the reign of Charles II. In the area in front of the building, a statue of Queen Victoria, executed by Richie, is placed.

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