An Historical, Geographical, Commercial, and Philosophical View of the American United States, and of the European Settlements in America And

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General Books LLC, 2010 - History - 374 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1700 edition. Excerpt: ...situated for trade, has a very sine back country, enters largely into the manufacturing business, and is a rich, slourishing, commercial town. A bank has lately beea established in this city.: NEW-RAVEN. This city lies round the head of a bay, which makes up about four miles north from the found. It covers part of a large plain, which is circumscribed on three sides by high hills or mountains. Two small rivers bound the city east and west. The town was originally laid out in squares of sixty rods. Many of the squares have been divided by cross streets. Four streets rim north-west and south-east, these are crossed by others at right angles. Near the center of the city is the public square; on and around which are the public buildings, which are, a state house, college, and chapel, three churches for Congregationalists, and one for Episcopalians. These are all handsome and commodious buildings. The college, chapel, state house, and one of the churches, are of brick. The public square is encircled with rows of trees, wSich render it both convenient and delightful. Its beauty, however, is greatly diminished by the burial ground, and several of the public buildings, which occupy a considerable part of it. Many of the streets are ornamented with two rows of trees, one on each side, which gives the city a rural appearance. The prospect from the steeples is greatly variegated and extremely beautiful. There are about sive hundred dwelling houses in tKe city, principally of wood, and well built, and some of them elegant. The streets are sandy, but neat and cleanly.-Within the limits of the city are four thousand inhabitants. About one in seventy di annually; this proves the healthfusnese of its climate. Indeed, as to plea pleasantness of...

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