Roberts' Narrative

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Constable & Company, 1827 - Central America - 302 pages
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Page 150 - ... for an agricultural settlement, although holding out inducements for grazing establishments and commerce. The river enters the ocean some distance to the northward of the bay or harbor, with which, however, it is connected by a creek or shallow canal, passable for canoes, and which might be deepened so as to enable small vessels to avoid the dangerous bar of the river itself, on which there is seldom more than four or five feet of water. " For forty or fifty miles above its mouth," continues...
Page 128 - ... frequently stirred with a paddle. In the course of a few hours it reaches a high and abominable state of fermentation. The liquor, it may be observed, is more or less esteemed, according to the health, age, and constitution of the masticators. And when the chiefs give a private mishla drink, they confine the mastication to their own wives and young girls.
Page 108 - I could enumerate more than a dozen acknowledged children of two of these captains, who seem to have adopted, without scruple, the Indian idea of polygamy to its fullest extent. By this licentious and immoral conduct they have, however, so identified themselves with the natives as to obtain a sort of monopoly of the sale of goods. They have also insinuated themselves into the good graces of some of the leading men, so that their arrival is hailed with joy by all classes as the season of festivity,...
Page 41 - In the original articles of the Company it had been agreed that Paterson should get two per cent on the stock, and three per cent on the profits ; but when he saw the subscriptions so vast, he gave a discharge of both claims to the Company ; and in doing so, contrived to throw a grandeur of expression and sentiment, even into a law-release.
Page 133 - Before the chiefs became totally intoxicated, they ordered the women home to their houses, to prevent their being unable to take care of their husbands. The drinking was carried on with great perseverance during the night, by old and young. The drums were beat and muskets fired, some of them loaded with powder to the very muzzle, until nearly all the assembly were in a state of beastly drunkenness, and taken care of by the women, who were occasionally called upon for that purpose. At intervals, however,...
Page 155 - ... finest pasturage, and abounding in deer and other game. There are few pine-trees at Grata, but on the opposite or south side there are ridges growing timber as large as any on the coast. Behind these ridges the savannas are bounded by hills, whose summits are covered by the most luxuriant vegetation. On the banks of the streams in the interior there is excellent mahogany, and cedar of the finest quality and largest size. Pimento and various other valuable plants are also indigenous.
Page 48 - A large knife is then carefully inserted horizontally beneath them, and the lammas lifted from the back, care being taken not to injure the shell by too much heat, nor to force it off, until the heat has fully prepared it for separation. Many turtles die under this cruel operation, but instances are numerous in which they have been caught a second time, with the...
Page 127 - ... should pass it over, without notice. The method of preparing it, is as follows. The root of the cassava, after being mashed, and peeled, is boiled to the same consistence, as when to be used for food. On its being taken from the fire, the water is poured off, and the roots allowed to cool. The pots were then surrounded by all the women, old and young, who, being provided with...
Page 244 - Veraguas, is 700 leagues, and the distance from sea to sea in no place exceeds 180 leagues, nor falls short of 60. Of the fifteen provinces into which it is divided, five are situated on the Pacific. five on the Atlantic, and five in the interior. PROVINCES...
Page 134 - ... mishlaw, and renewed the debauch. All the next day was consumed in drinking ; and it was not until the day following that the liquors were reduced to the very dregs of the cassava and maize, which even then was taken from the bottom of the vessels, and being squeezed through the fingers by handfuls into the calabashes, was passed to those who were still craving for more of the precious beverage. By the third night the whole liquors were consumed, and the Indians began to retire to their respective...

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