A summary of geography and history. [With] A geographical index

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Page 687 - ... purchase a decent dress, in which he might venture to appear at court. He then laid before the king the...
Page 632 - Calcutta is, in part, an exception to this rule of building; for there, the quarter inhabited by the English, is composed entirely of brick buildings, many of which have more the appearance of palaces than of private houses...
Page 701 - They possessed it only for a year, at the expiration of which a new division was made in proportion to the rank, the number, and exigencies of each family. All those lands were cultivated by the joint industry of the community.
Page 14 - ... eclipses were occasioned by the temporary extinction of the sun, and that there were several suns for the convenience of the different climates of the earth. Yet this man held the chair of philosophy at Athens for seventy years. Philolaus, a Pythagorian philosopher of Crotona, BC 374. He first supported the diurnal motion of the earth round its axis, and its annual motion round the sun. Cicero (Acad. iv. 39), has ascribed this opinion to the Syracusan philosopher Nicetas, and likewise to Plato....
Page 257 - Dionyfius is no lefs a monument of the ingenuity and magnificence, than of the cruelty of that tyrant. It is a huge cavern cut out of the hard rock, in the form of the human ear.
Page 507 - Their principal demands were, that all flaves mould be fet free, and that all commonages fhould be open to the poor as well as the rich.
Page 701 - The second belonged to the Inca, and was set apart as the provision made "by the community for the support of government. The third and largest share was reserved for the maintenance of the people, among whom it was parcelled out.
Page 77 - Sun's motion in the Heavens to be unequal ; for sometimes he revolves from the meridian to the meridian again in somewhat less than...
Page 684 - The Tartar follows his prey on the horfe which he has reared, or tends his numerous herds, which furnifh him both with food and clothing; the Arab has rendered the camel docile, and avails himfelf of its perfevering ftrength ; the Laplander has formed the rein-deer to be fubfervient to his will ; and even the people of Kamfchatka have trained their dogs to labour.
Page 267 - The present crater of this immense volcano is a circle of about three miles and a half in circumference. It goes shelving down on each side, and forms a regular hollow like a vast amphitheatre. From many places of this space issue volumes of sulphureous smoke, which, being much heavier than the circumambient...

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