Nicaragua: its people, scenery, monuments, and the proposed interoceanic canal, Volume 1

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Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1852
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Page 154 - He who has drunk one cup," says the page of Ferdinand Cortez, " can travel a whole day without any other food, especially in very hot climates ; for chocolate is by its nature cold and refreshing.
Page 262 - ... are not so much enjoyed as in other parts of America. They are contented with fine gardens, with variety of singing birds, and parrots, with plenty of fish and flesh, which is cheap, and with gay houses, and so lead a delicious, lazy, and idle life, not aspiring much to trade and traffic, though they have near unto them the lake, which commonly every year sendeth forth some frigates to Havana by the North Sea, and Realejo on the South Sea...
Page 188 - The mountain on this island towards the east is lowest ; the other is so high that its summit is seldom seen. When I passed by this island the atmosphere was very clear, and I could easily see the summit. I passed the night at a farm belonging to a gentleman named Diego Mora, situated on the main land near the island.
Page 154 - The coca (Erythroxylon coca, Lam.) is a shrub about six feet in height, with bright green leaves and white blossoms ; the latter are succeeded by small scarlet berries. It is raised from the seed, in garden-beds called almazigas.
Page 22 - From all I have been able to collect, this neighborhood appears to possess natural stores of the precious metals, even exceeding those of the celebrated mines of Potosi, in Bolivia. For a scientific and practical miner, supported by capital, they probably offer the best adventure to be found in Spanish America. " The ores generally contain from 12 to 15 per cent, of silver, and from One to one and a...
Page xix - ... insalubrious. The trade winds blow from the northeast; and the moisture with which they are saturated, condensed on the elevated parts of the continent, flows down toward the Atlantic. The Pacific slope is therefore comparatively dry and healthful, as are also the elevated regions of the interior.
Page 322 - It is thus evident that the doctrine of the reciprocal principles of nature, or nature active and passive, male and female, was recognized in nearly all the primitive religious systems of the old as well as of the new world...
Page 45 - ... consuls of one nation can assume municipal and general administrative authority in the ports of another. The simple fact is, that Great Britain having secured possession of this important port, under a pretext which deceives nobody, no longer cares to stultify herself by affecting to conform toit. The thing is too absurd to be continued. The River San Juan reaches the ocean by several mouths. The divergence takes place about twenty mileż from the sea, forming a low delta, penetrated by numerous...
Page 152 - ... is never without some pods on it. The trees are planted about fourteen feet apart, in a good soil. It is peculiarly necessary to defend this tree from the scorching rays of the sun, and at the same time sufficient warmth should be afforded for vegetation ; this is done by shading it with the plantain tree and the Erythrina. As the cacao advances in size, the plantain is cut down, the Erythrina, or coral tree, or as it is sometimes called "cacao madre," mother of the cacao, having attained sufficient...
Page xix - High mountain ranges, isolated volcanic peaks, elevated table-lands, deep valleys, broad and fertile plains, and extensive alluvions, are here found grouped together, relieved by large and beautiful lakes and majestic rivers ; the whole teeming with animal and vegetable life, and possessing every variety of climate, from torrid heats to the cool and bracing temperature of eternal spring.

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