Appletons' Guide to Mexico: Including a Chapter on Guatemala : and an English-Mexican Vocabulary

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D. Appleton & Company, 1884 - Guatemala - 378 pages
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Page 305 - The advantages to commerce of a means of communication across the isthmus (either by land or water) can hardly be overestimated. This route lies between latitude 16 and 18", and, unlike the malarious climate of Panama, the region is comparatively healthy all the year round. While the commerce between Europe and the Pacific Ocean will be carried on via the Isthmus of Panama for many years, the greater part of the trade between the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the United States must needs be conducted...
Page 25 - Francisco is situated, as will contain an area of four square leagues; said tract being bounded on the north and east by the Bay of San Francisco, on the west by the Pacific Ocean and on the south by a due east and west line drawn so as to include the area aforesaid...
Page 39 - ... the whole structure was in perfect condition. The great rectangular mound used for the foundation was cased with hewn stone, the workmanship here, and everywhere else throughout the structure, being very superior. The piers around the courts are ' covered with figures in stucco, or plaster, which, where broken, reveals six or more coats or layers, each revealing traces of painting.' This indicates that the building had been used so long before it was deserted that the plastering needed to be...
Page 272 - We did not enter the city by the principal road, but led our horses with some difficulty up the steep mass formed by the ruins of a defensive wall, inclosing a quadrangle two hundred and forty feet by two hundred, which, to the east, is still sheltered by a strong wall of unhewn stones, eight feet in thickness and eighteen in height. A raised terrace of twenty feet in width passes round the northern and eastern sides of this space, and on its southeast corner is yet standing a round pillar of rough...
Page 104 - The Liter is the unit of capacity, both of Liquid and of Dry Measures, and is a vessel whose volume is equal to a cube whose edge is one-tenth of a meter, equal to 1.05673 qt. Liquid Measure, and .9081 qt. Dry Measure, TABLE. 10 Milliliters, ml.
Page 377 - Hand-book of Summer Resorts. New edition each Summer, revised to date. Illustrated, and with Maps. Large 12mo, paper cover. Price, 50 cents. Appletons' Hand-book of American Winter Resorts.
Page 280 - The mines are chiefly of silver, although there is an extensive deposit of iron-ore near Ojo Caliente. About 100 miles west of Samalayuca lies the old presidio or military post of Janos. It is 35 miles north of the ruined town of Casas Grandes, which is about half a mile distant from the modern town of the same name. The remains lie adjacent to a fertile valley about two miles in width. They are built of adobe, and are called the "Casas de Montezuma.
Page 40 - Casa No. 2,' are smaller, but, in some respects, still more remarkable. The first of these, 75 feet long by 25 wide, stands on the summit of a high truncated pyramid, and has solid walls on all sides save the north, where there are five doorways. Within, are a corridor and three rooms. Between the doorways leading from the corridor to these rooms are great tablets, each 13 feet long and 8 feet high, and all covered with elegantly carved inscriptions. A similar but smaller tablet, covered with an...
Page 43 - The distribution of the apartments in the interior of this singular edifice bears a striking analogy to what has been remarked in the monuments of Upper Egypt, drawn by M. Denon and the savans, who compose the institute of Cairo. M. de Laguna found in the ruins of Mitla curious paintings representing warlike trophies and sacrifices.
Page 40 - ... with a machete. What lies buried in that forest it is impossible to say of my own knowledge ; without a guide, we might have gone within a hundred feet of all the buildings without discovering one of them.

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