Brazil: Its Condition and Prospects

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Appleton, 1891 - Brazil - 352 pages
 

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Page 352 - America," are all but unknown to the outside world; he spent months in the picturesque capital of Rio Janeiro; he visited the coffee districts, studied the slaves, descended the gold-mines, viewed the greatest rapids of the globe, entered the isolated Guianas, and so on.
Page xv - ... the admission into the United States of America free of all duty of the articles enumerated in Section 3 of said Act, the Government of...
Page 299 - Some days afterward the young men belonging to the different sitios agreed to go in search of the serpent. They began in a systematic manner, forming two parties, each embarked in three or four canoes, and starting from points several miles apart, whence they gradually approximated, searching all the little inlets on both sides the river. The reptile was found at last sunning itself on a log at the mouth of a muddy rivulet, and dispatched with harpoons. I saw it the day after it was killed ; it was...
Page 277 - Mandos so diversified. . . . Then the element of human life and habitations is utterly wanting ; one often travels for a day without meeting even so much as a hut. But, if men are not to be seen, animals are certainly plenty ; as our steamer puffs along, great...
Page 285 - Let any one who doubts the evil of this mixture of races, and is inclined,, from a mistaken philanthropy, to break down all barriers between them, come to Brazil. He cannot deny the deterioration consequent upon an amalgamation of races, more widespread here than in any other country in the world, and which is rapidly effacing the best qualities of the white man, the negro, and the Indian, leaving a mongrel nondescript type, deficient in physical and mental energy.
Page 279 - The dresses," says Mrs. Agassiz, " were of every variety, from silks and satins to stuff-gowns, and the complexions of all tints, from the genuine negro through paler shades of Indian and negro to white. There is absolutely no distinction of color here ; a black lady (always supposing her to be free) is treated with as much consideration and meets with as much attention as a white one. It is, however, rare to see a person in society who can be called a genuine negro ; but there are many mulattoes...
Page 94 - In their country, the physical causes arc so active, and do their work on a scale of such unrivalled magnitude, that it has hitherto been found impossible to escape from the effects of their united action. The progress of agriculture is stopped by impassable forests, and the harvests are destroyed by innumerable insects. The mountains are too high to scale, the rivers are too wide to bridge; every thing is contrived to keep back the human mind, and repress its rising ambition.
Page 94 - Brazil, which is nearly as large as the whole of Europe, is covered with a vegetation of incredible profusion. Indeed, so rank and luxuriant is the growth, that Nature seems to riot in the very wantonness of power.
Page 352 - AROUND AND ABOUT SOUTH AMERICA: •**• Twenty Months of Quest and Query. By FRANK VINCENT, author of "The Land of the White Elephant,
Page xv - Lard and substitutes therefor. Bacon hams. Butter and cheese. Canned and preserved meats, fish, fruits, and vegetables. Manufactures of cotton, including cotton clothing. Manufactures of iron and steel, single or mixed, not included in the foregoing tree schedule.

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