Narrative of a Journey to Guatemala, in Central America, in 1838

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Wiley & Putnam, 1839 - Belize - 195 pages
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Page 147 - In this state of thing*, a conspiracy was formed against him by one of his associates, called Monreal. This man and a few others who had joined in the enterprise, suddenly fell upon Carrera at a moment when he was alone, secured his person, conducted him to a solitary place, and having tied him to a tree, were on the point of shooting him, when the timely arrival of Laureano, Can-era's brother, saved the victim from the doom that threatened him.
Page 148 - Such was still the posture of affairs at the time of my departure from the country. It is probable, however, that while this is being written, the active measures of General Morazan for putting down the insurrection have been successful, and that the career of the rebel hero has been brought to a close.
Page 47 - About midnight the moon rose, and the effect of her pale silvery lighten the trees and the water was beautiful beyond description. I could now see objects more distinctly, and felt satisfied that if there is any thing picturesque, beautiful, and sublime in nature, it must be the entrance to this river. The banks rise to a height of from two...
Page 147 - ... that whichever way the insurgents turned, they were met by an opposing force. Carrera now was fain to betake himself to the mountains, from which he descended occasionally, to scour the country and procure the means of subsistence. In these excursions his force was divided into small parties of from twenty to fifty men. His practice was to abstain from touching the persons or properties of the Indians, or of the poorer class of the whites, and to respect the curates. But the haciendas of the...
Page 157 - ... 48 hours in clearing the vessel with spades. Not being able to make for the Realejo, on account of the darkness, they directed their course to Punta Arenas, with the full conviction that the whole state, of Nicaragua had disappeared. Up to the...
Page 47 - ... yards over the water. In some places this foliage suddenly disappears, and a vast naked rock, smooth and flat, and perfectly perpendicular, rises like a stupendous wall, at the foot of which the depth of water admits of a vessel, brushing the very face of the precipice without danger. Here and there may be seen a rill of water, as clear as crystal, coursing from top to bottom of this natural wall, or gushing out from a fissure in its side. At other places, a group of rocks assumes the appearance...
Page 157 - In the country and villages, the simple mode of life of the inhabitants diners slightly from that of the Indians. The ladies in the city wear the mantilla and veil when they go to church, and appear without any covering on the head when going out to walk or on a visit. They adorn their hair with flowers, and high combs, some of which are very costly and beautiful. In the evening the head is protected by a shawl or handkerchief and when on horseback, by a hat, with a profusion of feathers ; but caps...
Page 144 - ... him in his hazardous enterprise, he appeared in open rebellion, proclaiming a new order of things, and calling upon the inhabitants of the Indian villages he marched through to join his standard. This little force increased almost immediately to sixty men, and continuing to augment, enabled Carrera to attack and destroy, on several occasions, the scattered troops of the Government, whose arms and accoutrements he distributed among his followers. The views which Carrera professed to entertain...
Page 132 - ... of the country. The soil in Central America is for the most part exceedingly fertile. In the plains, and especially in the vallies, it is a dark rich mould of alluvial formation, which might serve as manure for lands in other parts of the world, and is in some places six feet deep. The overflowings of some of the rivers and the numerous springs by which the country is watered, give to the land a green and fresh appearance, even in the dry season.
Page 144 - Executive, and the want of system and concert on the part of the military commanders, permitted the insurrection to progress to such a degree, that when measures were at length adopted for suppressing it, the strength of the Government proved inadequate to the task. The factious Indians did not hesitate to meet the Federal troops in the field, and in some engagements with them, came off with complete success.

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