The State of Alabama, United States of America: Its Mineral, Agricultural and Manufacturing Resources; Embracing a Sketch of Its Early History and Progress (Google eBook)

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S. Raçon and Company, 1867 - Alabama - 120 pages
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Page 73 - With unheard-of powers of production, these valleys range through all the producing latitudes of the earth. They embrace every agricultural climate under the sun ; they are capable of all variety of productions which the whole world besides can afford.
Page 73 - Amazon, are all within two thousand miles, ten day's sail, of Darien. It is a barrier that separates us from the markets of six hundred millions of people — three-fourths of the population of the earth. Break it down, therefore, and this country is placed midway between Europe and Asia ; this sea becomes the center of the world and the focus of the world's commerce.
Page 71 - ... of intercourse which these nations have with the outlets of such basins. The river basins drained into the Gulf and Caribbean Sea, greatly exceed, in extent of area and capacity of production, the river basins of the Mediterranean. The countries in Africa, Asia and Europe, which comprise the river basins of the Mediterranean, are, in superficial extent, but little more than one-fourth the size of those which are drained by this sea in our midst.
Page 72 - Balize may, in 20 or 30 days, be landed on the banks of the Orinoco and Amazon. Thus in our favored position here in the new world, we have, at the distance of only a few days...
Page 27 - About ten years ago this mine was in its most prosperous condition. About 150 feet of the principal vein was found out-cropping on the crest of the hill. It was 2 feet thick, but about 12 feet below the surface it became thinner and richer, at a depth of 15 feet it became poorer. It again thickened to 4 or 5 feet, and continued to improve in productiveness until it was abandoned. " The vein, which was quartz, was worked to a depth of 80 feet in the centre, where it was richest. The ore was there...
Page 72 - ... size of those which are drained by this sea in our midst. It is the Mediterranean of the New World, and nature has laid it out on a scale for commerce far more grand than its type in the old ; that is about 45° of longitude in length by an average of 7° of latitude in breadth.
Page 36 - The quartz of the gravel is throughout of orange color, of a kind I have not seen in any other auriferous region. It belongs to that compact granular quartz, commonly called 'sugar quartz,' and is probably identical with that which, in Australia, has received improperly the name of 'cairngorm." It is worthy of remark, that I have but in one solitary instance found this peculiar quartz in place, though making its discovery a matter of careful attention. This was at Mr. Richmond Noel's, in Randolph...
Page 36 - The bed is here two feet thick, and holds a position between a bed of gneissoid eurite, containing, however, a little white mica, and a body of gneissoid granite, which is the same as that at Hunter's. It crops out in the bed of a branch, whose gravel has been found to be auriferous. The quartz, when newly broken, resembles lumps of good brown sugar. The color is pale lemon within, and orange without. Occasionally pieces are seen which pass from a blood red to a deep claret color, and on the fresh...
Page 37 - ... the accumulation of very good soil. Branches are found in some, but not all, of these valleys. The gravel pans from four to twenty particles of saveable gold of a fine color, and there is scarcely a doubt, but that, if suitable locations were selected and proper contrivances chosen for extracting the gold, very profitable operations would be the result, especially when we bear in mind the greasy nature of the gravels, in consequence of which only the very coarsest particles of the metal are saved...
Page 72 - Here she has laid the foundations for a commerce, the most magnificent the world ever saw. Here she has brought within, the distance of a few days, the mouths of her two greatest rivers.

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