Proposed Colony in the District of Black River on the Northern Coast of Central America ..: Granted to the British Central American Land Company

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Effingham Wilson, 1838 - 16 pages
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Page 12 - ... world. These people have long been in alliance with the King of Great Britain, and entertain generally a most exalted opinion of the justice and magnanimity of the English, and a perfect detestation of their neighbours the Spaniards. A tradition has long prevailed amongst them, that the grey-eyed people, meaning the English, have been particularly appointed to protect them from oppression or bondage. And they may enviably be classed with the very few tribes whose liberties have remained uninterrupted...
Page 18 - I bave had occasion to state that, even at the present day, their descendants still reside unmolested, and comparatively comfortable, in their old possessions, particularly at Bluefields, Pearl Kay Lagoon, and other places on the coast, which are by them, and their Indian friends, considered English settlements. The actual number of persons, exclusive of the aborigines, under the British jurisdiction in the year 1757, according to the account of their superintendant, Colonel Hodgson, was about eleven...
Page 18 - I now repeat that inexhaustible supplies of cedar, mahogany, santa 111:1 via, rose- wood, and many other exceedingly valuable timbers, may be obtained on the coast, and on the banks of all the rivers in the interior : — Dyewoods, gums, drugs, and medicinal plants of various descriptions, are plentifully dispersed all over the country.
Page 7 - At the junction of two of its branches, and in latitude 15 8' at the base of a ridge of mountains, are two remarkable hot and cold springs, situated close to each other. " Its entrance ", the only harbour on all this coast from " Rattan to Cape Gracias a Dios, was for more than " 60 years the refuge of the Logwood-cutters, when *' the Spaniards drove them from the forests of East ** Yucatan ; they waited there in safety for the *' moment their enemies should retire. As their " expulsions were frequent,...
Page 17 - The mosquitoes, sandflies, and other insects; the poisonous reptiles, and wild beasts, of which so much is said in England, are, as regards the situations alluded to, mere bugbears to frighten children ; the former are only troublesome on the low sandy beaches and swamps, some settlements being entirely clear of them; and the latter seldom come near the habitations of men, or do any harm. It has been asserted, and I am more inclined to confirm than deny it, that nearly the whole line of coast from...
Page 8 - Britain, renders the settlement already an object of no small importance in the scale of her commerce and navigation. The rivers and coasts abound with excellent fish ; and the finest turtle, both for food and shell, is found here in greater plenty than in any part of the known world. To which it may be added, and it is a circumstance of no small utility in an infant settlement, that the mouths of many of the principal rivers produce a prodigious quantity of oysters, both of the mangrove and flat...
Page 18 - ... territories were discussed, and on the 12th of July, 1786, it was announced that the territory was to be delivered up to the Crown of Spain. . This abandonment of the country and its inhabitants was considered at the time by the British people a most profligate surrender. It was with the most painful reluctance, and only in obedience to positive orders, that the British settlers slowly and discontentedly left their plantations.
Page 8 - River, and to the southward of Blewfields. Every variety of animal and vegetable nature, for use or beauty, for food or luxury, has been most liberally bestowed on this country. It is every where plentifully watered; and the soil is almost every where fertile in a very uncommon degree, and capable of producing, in the utmost perfection, whatever is produced between the tropics. The cotton bush, the cocoa or chocolate-nut, and venelloes, flourish spontaneously all over the country.
Page 16 - The situation seemed to be low !and ill chosen, a few houses had been put wp, on the site of part of the former town, by the new settlers, — who were at this time Colonel Gordon of the independent service, Captain Murray and his wife, Captain Hosmore and his son, with three or four other white people. Colonel Gordon and his party had been settled some time previous to the arrival of the others ; they had cleared a considerable quantity of land, and had already raised one crop, of about five hundred...
Page 17 - ... but I venture to affirm, and I do so without fear of contradiction, that in dry situations similar to the Valiente settlements, where the waters quickly run off, Europeans would, generally speaking, enjoy an almost uninterrupted state of health, and live to a good old age ; and I venture to add, that in such situations, the general mass of European cultivators could, with safety, perform more than double the work presently done by the Valientes, or any other tribe of Indians. Many of the dry...

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