Campaigns and Cruises, in Venezuela and Ned Grenada, and in the Pacific Ocean; from 1817-1830: With the Narrative of a March from the River Orinoco to San Buenaventura on the Coast of Choc˛; and Sketches of the West Coast of South America from the Gulf of California to the Archipelago of Chil÷e. Also, Tales of Venezuela: Illustrative of Revolutionary Men, Manners, and Incidents ...

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Longman and Company, 1831 - Chile
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Page 20 - Parrots and macaws, with toucans and other birds of beautiful plumage, complete this splendid picture, and fill the air with their discordant screams, to which the metallic note of the darra or bell-bird, responds at measured intervals ; at one moment sounding close to the ear, and the next, dying away in the distance. Up the small creeks, which are completely embowered by magnificent evergreens, are seen pelicans, spoonbills, and garzons, or gigantic cranes, all busily employed in fishing. When...
Page 142 - ... plaited work tight together, diminishing its capacity, and squeezing out the juice. When all the fluid is extracted, the mangueras are emptied of their contents on raw hides, laid in the sun, where the coarse flour soon dries. It is then baked on smooth plates, made of dry clay, with a slow fire below. This is the most difficult part of the process. The coarse flour is laid perfectly dry on the hot plates, where the women, with a dexterity only to be acquired by practice, spread it out in a round...
Page 43 - ... to this is added the occasional appearance of that tyrant of the stream, the alligator, floating in conscious superiority among the bulky manatis and the more agile toninos, which are incessantly rising and blowing in shoals, the scene may be somewhat imagined, but cannot be adequately described." Among the many medicinal and poisonous plants growing on the banks of the Orinoco, one of the most singular is a species of Bejuco, which, when properly administered, proves a powerful preservative...
Page 164 - Paramos in unfavorable weather. Multitudes of small crosses are fixed in the rocks by some pious hands in memory of former travelers who have died here ; and along the path are strewed fragments of sadlery, trunks and various articles that have been abandoned, and resemble the traces of a routed army.
Page 169 - Tunja early the next morning, having passed the royalist army in the dark, by a forced march through bye roads; while Barreyra was retreating more leisurely in the same direction by a different road. This was an important advantage, gained by Bolivar ; for he had now obtained a strong position in a country where all were friendly to him ; where there was also plenty of provisions to refresh his exhausted soldiers and an ample supply of clothing, of which they stood greatly in need. Recruits soon...
Page 44 - ... properly administered, proves a powerful preservative from the effects attending the bite of every description of poisonous serpents. It even appears to deprive these reptiles either of the power or inclination to use their fangs. Some of the leaves and small branches are pounded, and applied in this state as a cataplasm to both arms ; the skin having been previously scarified freely above the elbows. This species of inoculation is repeated at stated intervals ; the juice of the bruised plant,...
Page 164 - ... but the general appearance of this range, when near, is that of mountains incrusted with ice, cracked in many places, from whence cascades are constantly rushing. There is no longer any beaten track, for the ground is rocky and broken ; with not the least sign of vegetation, except dark coloured lichens; and, in some places, covered with patches of frozen snow.
Page 142 - Their method of turning a cassava cake of that size resembles sleight of hand ; for they effect it with two pieces of split cane, without breaking it, though scarcely so thick as a dollar, and only as yet half cemented together, and of a substance always brittle, especially when warmed. This bread is very nourishing, and will melt to a jelly in a liquid ; but it is dangerous if eaten in any quantity when dry, as it swells, on being moistened, to many times its original bulk. It will keep good for...
Page 60 - The bride kissed the goblet, the knight took it up, He quaffed off the wine, and he threw down the cup, She looked down to blush, and she looked up to sigh, With a smile on her lip, and a tear in her eye. He took her soft hand, ere her mother could bar; "Now tread we a measure,
Page 164 - Multitudes of small crosses are fixed in the rocks, by some pious hands, in memory of former travellers who have died here ; and along the path are strewed fragments of sadlery, trunks, and various articles, that have been abandoned, and resemble the traces of a routed army. Huge pinnacles of granite overhang many parts of these passes, apparently tottering, and on the point of overwhelming the...

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