Exploration of the Valley of the Amazon, Volume 2

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R. Armstrong [etc.] Public Printer, 1854 - Brazil
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Page 95 - LAKE TITICACA. 95 erally much less. In some places the water is so shoal that there is just room to push a balsa through the rushes. The deepest water is found on the eastern or Bolivian side. This lake is about forty miles wide, and eighty miles long. By the appearance of the flat land we found on the north side of it, we judge it was at one time very much longer and deeper. In the rainy season the rivers are loaded with soil from the mountains around, which being emptied into the lake, settles,...
Page iii - Navy, accompanied by the second part of Lieutenant Herndon's report of the exploration of the valley of the Amazon and its tributaries, made by him in connection with Lieutenant Lardner Gibbon under instructions from the Navy- Department.
Page 162 - Buenas tardes, senoritas" — good evening, ladies. The ladies make their appearance at the door ; one lights him a cigar; another mixes him a glass of lemonade to refresh himself after his ride. He remains in the saddle talking, while they lean gracefully against the door-posts, smiling with their bewitching eyes.
Page 117 - The house stands on a barren plain ; not a living thing to be seen growing, except a short tuft of grass here and there. The post-dogs are miserably poor. The baggage-mules look as if they ate round stones and drank bad water. As the dogs and children came to us for supper, we are at a loss to know how it is the old woman keeps so enormously fat. Possibly upon happiness, for she seems perfectly contented. It has been a matter of surprise how the globe is so well balanced, while the greatest proportion...
Page 105 - ... convinced of the higher order of mechanical art over that displayed in Cuzco. The stones, immense in size, were hewn square ; one of them had an arched way cut in it large enough to drive a mule through. The cura of the town told us there were no stone to be found in the neighborhood of the same sort, and that he did not know whence they had been brought. We have reason to believe Manco Capic had nothing to do with the ancient works of Tiahuanaco.
Page 78 - The natives of Peru executed some significant works in porphyry and granite, hewn by similar implements of bronze or copper, tempered by a small alloy of tin. By means of such tools, they wrought hard veins of silver, and are supposed to have engraved the emerald. M. de Humboldt carried with him to Europe a chisel, from a silver mine opened by the Indians, not far from Cuzco, which, upon analysis, was found to contain ninety-four parts of copper, united with .06 of tin. The writer has been enabled...
Page 253 - The Indian builds his hut on those elevated places which remain islands ; when the great flood of waters come ' down, crickets, lizards, and snakes crawl into his thatched roof ; droves of wild cattle surround his habitation. Armadilloes rub their armor against the pottery in the corner of his hut, while the tiger and the stag stand tamely by. The alligator comes sociably up, when the "gran bestia" seats himself on the steps by the door.
Page 80 - ... this vessel was a great ship-owner and merchant — a person of much influence and ability. He and his lady, the inseparable companion of his voyages, are described to have borne their misfortunes with wonderful composure, like old sailors. We are taught by the winds and currents of the north Atlantie ocean, that had Christopher Columbus sailed on his voyage of discovery in a different month of the year, he never could have reached the New World. He would have perished amidst calms, of which...
Page 105 - ... that the monolithic and other supposed ante-Incan antiquities are found ; and further, that their superiority over the Inca works is still observable. Lieutenant Gibbon says : " Among the scattered stone remains of the ancient edifices of Tiahuanaco we observed no resemblance to the stone work of Cuzco, and were surprised to find, that although the ruins were in such a dilapidated state as not to enable us to make out the character of the structures, we could perceive and were convinced of the...
Page 162 - The dogs jump up and lie on the chairs — ficai bite them on the ground. The Indian girl closes both doors and windows, takes the children out to play, while the rest of the family sleep. At two PM, the church-bells ring to let the people know the priests are saying a prayer for them. A horse is brought into the house by an Indian man. who holds him while "the patron...

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