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Page 172 - and the stubbles showed that they had been luxurious. The cotton was picked and stacked for drying on the tops of the sheds. The fields are subdivided by ridges of earth into rectangles of about 200 by 100 feet, ,for the convenience of irrigating. The fences are
Page 213 - beds ; their weapons are bows; they have emeralds and other jewels, although they esteem none so much as turquoises, wherewith they adorn the walls of the porches of their houses, and their apparel and vessels; and they use them instead of money through all the country. Their apparel is of cotton and of ox-hides, and this is their most commendable and
Page 213 - plain at the foot of a round hill,* and maketh show to be a fair city; and is better seated " than any that he has seen in these parts. The houses " were builded in order," according as the Indians had told him, " all made of stone, with divers stories and flat roofs. The people
Page 172 - sunning himself, rose up leisurely, and untied a bundle which I had supposed to be a bow and arrows. This little package, with four stakes placed in the ground, was the loom. He laid open his cloth, and commenced the process of weaving.
Page l - constantly in mind, and examining with all possible care the structure of the great canons which we entered, I everywhere found evidence of the exclusive action of water in their formation. The opposite sides of the deepest chasm showed perfect correspondence of stratification, conforming to the general dip, and nowhere was there displacement ; the bottom rock,
Page 172 - 100 feet, ,for the convenience of irrigating. The fences are of sticks, wattled with willow and mezquite, and, in this particular, are an example of economy in agriculture worthy to be followed by the Mexicans, who never use fences at
Page 172 - a spindle about eighteen inches long, with a single fly of four or six inches. Ever and anon she gave it a twist in a dexterous manner, and at its end was drawn a coarse cotton thread. This was their spinning jenny. Led on by this primitive display, I asked for their loom, by pointing to the thread and then to the blanket
Page 219 - in some places four leagues broad, and great store of walnut trees and vines, like those of Castile. Having travelled two days through these woods, they arrived at ten towns situated upon both sides of the river, where were about ten thousand persons. Here were houses four stories in height, with " stoves for the winter season.
Page 220 - plenty of victuals and hens of the country." " Their garments were of cotton and deer-skins, and the attire, both of men and women, was after the manner of Indians of Mexico." "Both men and women wore shoes and