A Tour Through the Western, Southern, and Interior Provinces of France

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 72 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1784. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... ancient commerce, which was very extensive. This event, which took place early in the last century, induced the Cardinal de Richlieu, who was ever attentive to the grandeur and.emolument of the state, to construct a port at Agde, which he effected. The remedy was only temporary, as the cause still subsisted; and before the year 1670, the harbour os Agde by the retreat of the sea, was rendered almost useless. Colbert then undertook to build the town of Cette, from which place all the commodities brought down the "Royal Canal" might be exported, and the province of Languedoc be supplied with a port, of which otherwise it is totally destitute. I am assured, that the absolute necessity of having a maritime town at the mouth of the canal has alone hitherto prevented Cette from sharing th sate of Agde, as the annual expence of clearing the harbour amounts to a hundred thousand livres; and even these precautions cannot hinder the sand from obstructing the entrance, and forming a bar across it in a series of years. Montpelier owed its elevation chiefly to this very circumstance, as the episcopal see was originally at Maguelonne, a town on the shore of the Mediterranean; but that place declining, from the retreat of the sea, Pope Paul the third transferred it thither in 1536. The country from Montpelier to Nismes, is a garden, level, and every where cultivated. The peasants are just beginning to gather the olives, which are very numerous, and the trees are planted with the same regularity as our orchards in England. I cannot but envy the inhabitants this genial climate and these fertile plains, and am ready to accuse Nature of partiality in the infinite difference which she has placed between the peasant of Langue.loc and of Sweden. In vain will you tell me that t...

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