System of Universal Geography: Founded on the Works of Malte-Brun and Balbi : Embracing a Historical Sketch of the Progress of Geographical Discovery ...

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A. and C. Black, 1842 - Geography - 1063 pages
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Page 26 - The great lake Tchad, glowing with the golden rays of the sun in its strength, appeared to be within a mile of the spot on which we stood.
Page 298 - ... day ; yet the peasantry are a robust, active, and athletic race, capable of great exertion ; often exposed to great privations ; ignorant, but eager for instruction ; and readily trained, under judicious management, to habits of order and steady industry.
Page 75 - ... do blow in the day and rest in the night, so, on the contrary, these do blow in the night and rest in the day, and so they do alternately succeed each other. For when the...
Page 75 - It comes in a fine, small, black curie upon the water, when as all the sea between it and the shore not yet reached by it is as smooth and even as glass in comparison. In half an hour's time after it has reached the shore, it fans pretty briskly, and BO increaseth gradually till twelve o'clock ; then it is commonly strongest, and lasts so till two or three a very brisk gale. About twelve at noon it also veers off to sea two or three points, or more, in very fair weather.
Page 106 - Two observations struck me forcibly ; first, that the deep bronze tint is more naturally agreeable to the human eye than the fair skins of Europe, since we are not displeased with it even in the first instance, while it is well known that to them a fair complexion gives the idea of ill-health, and of that sort of deformity which in our eyes belongs to an Albino.
Page 110 - Yes ! gentlemen, says our author, give me the map of any country, its configuration, its climate, its waters, its winds, and the whole of its physical geography ; give me its natural productions, its flora, its zoology, &c., and I pledge myself to tell you, a priori, what will be the quality of man in that country, and what part its inhabitants will act in history, — not accidentally but necessarily, not at any particular epoch, but in all ; in short, — what idea he is called to represent.
Page 2 - The length of the diameter of the hollow sphere is given thus by Hesiod. It would take, he says, nine days for an anvil to fall from heaven to earth; and an equal space of time would be occupied by its fall from earth to Tartarus.
Page 75 - These sea-breezes do commonly rise in the morning about nine o'clock, sometimes sooner, sometimes later ; they first approach the shore so gently, as if they were afraid to come near it, and ofttimes they make some faint breathings, and, as if not willing to offend, they make a halt, and seem ready to retire. I have waited many a time, both ashore to receive the pleasure, and at sea to take the benefit of it. It comes in a fine small black curl upon the water...
Page 109 - By an opposite course of proceeding the Mulatto offspring of the European and Negro may be reduced again to the characters of the latter. If the Mulatto be paired with a Negro, and the children again and again with Negroes, the fourth generation is perfectly black. Thus, in obedience to that principle by which the properties of the offspring depend on those of the parents, we have the power of changing one species into another by repeated intermixture. If the offspring of a white woman and a black...
Page 76 - The sea breezes, indeed, are very comfortable and refreshing; for the hottest time in all the day is about nine, ten, or eleven o'clock in the morning, in the interval between both breezes: for then it is commonly calm, and then people pant for breath, especially if it is late before the sea breeze comes, but afterwards the breeze allays the heat.

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