Universal Geography: Or A Description of All Parts of the World, on a New Plan, According to the Great Natural Divisions of the Globe, Volume 3

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Page 27 - America demands, the means of acting in conformity with those sentiments; and engages, moreover, to prohibit his subjects from carrying on the slave trade, for the purpose of supplying any islands or possessions, excepting those appertaining to Spain ; and to prevent, by effectual measures and regulations, the protection of the Spanish flag being given to foreigners who may engage in this traffic, whether subjects of his Britannic Majesty, or of any other state or power.
Page 238 - If you tell an Indian that his children have greatly signalized themselves against an enemy, have taken many scalps, and brought home many prisoners, he does not appear to feel any strong emotions of pleasure on the occasion ; his answer generally is —
Page 135 - ... always tend to the most distant shores ; deserts, but not of sand, and consequently less susceptible of being impregnated with heat ; impenetrable forests that spread over the plains of the equator, abounding in rivers, and which, in those parts of the country that are the farthest distant from mountains, and from the ocean, give rise to enormous masses of water, which are either attracted by them, or are formed during...
Page 314 - from the enormous difference of level between the various regions, cannot by any means be compared with the zones which result from a difference of latitude. The agreeable, the salutary vicissitudes of the seasons are wanting in those regions that are here distinguished by the denominations of frigid, temperate, liot or torrid.
Page 431 - A hurricane is generally preceded by an awful stillness of the elements, the air becomes close and heavy, the sun is red, and the stars at night seem unusually large. Frequent changes take place in the thermometer, which rises sometimes from 80 to 90 '. Darkness extends over the earth ; the higher regions gleam with lightning.
Page 135 - Cruz and of Guayaquil. These two climates produce each a different system of vegetation. The flora of the torrid zone forms a border to the fields and groves of Europe. Such a remarkable proximity as this cannot fail of frequently occasioning sudden changes, by the displacement of these two masses of air, so differently constituted — a general inconvenience experienced over the whole of America. Every where, however, this continent is subject to a lower degree of heat than the same latitudes in...
Page 314 - Andes to the level of the sea, or vice versa, proves an important medical agent, which is sufficient to produce the most astonishing changes in the human body. But living constantly in either one or the other of these zones must enervate both the body and the mind by its monotonous tranquillity.
Page 237 - And the more to exasperate, they dismember the body to show that they esteem them not as men, but as old women. The Indians seldom -take the field in large bodies, as such numbers would require a greater degree of industry to provide for their subsistence, during their tedious marches through dreary forests, or long voyages over lakes and rivers, than they would care to bestow. Their armies are never encumbered with baggage or military stores. Each warrior, besides his...
Page 237 - ... within bow-shot of those they have destined to destruction. On a signal given by the chief warrior, to which the whole body makes answer by the most hideous yells, they all start up, and, discharging their arrows in the same instant, without giving their adversaries time to recover from the confusion into which they are thrown, pour in upon them with their warclubs or tomahawks. The Indians think there is little glory to be acquired from attacking their enemies openly in the field ; their greatest...
Page 283 - Spanish gods, but we might still have been allowed to keep a few of those of our ancestors!" and I was informed that chaplets of flowers had been placed on the figure by natives who had stolen thither, unseen in the evening for that...

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