California: a History of Upper & Lower California from Their First Discovery to the Present Time: Comprising an Account of the Climate, Soil, Natural Productions, Agriculture, Commerce, &c. A Full View of the Missionary Establishments and Condition of the Free & Domesticated Indians, with an Appendix Relating to Steam-navigation in the Pacific, Illustrated with a New Map, Plans of the Harbors and Numerous Engravings

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T.C. Russell, 1919 - Baja California (Mexico : Peninsula) - 382 pages
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Page 172 - ... the stately lords of the forest in complete possession of the soil, which was covered with luxuriant herbage and beautifully diversified with pleasing eminences and valleys; which, with the range of lofty, rugged mountains that bounded the prospect, required only to be adorned with the neat habitations of an industrious people to produce a scene not inferior to the most studied effect of taste in the disposal of...
Page 154 - California to the creditors. This would be a wise measure on the part of Mexico, if the government could be brought to lay aside the vanity of retaining large possessions. The cession of such a disjointed part of the republic as California would be an advantage. In no case can it ever be profitable to the Mexican republic, nor can it possibly remain united to it for any length of time, if it should even be induced to rejoin this state, from which at present it is, to all intents and purposes, separated.
Page 173 - The frequent fogs give vigor to vegetation and fertilize the soil, which is covered with a black and spongy earth." This last observation is only partially true, as will appear from what is stated above.
Page 111 - Temblores; and while they were in the act of examining the ground in order to fix a proper place for the mission, a multitude of Indians, all armed and headed by two captains, presented themselves, setting up horrid yells, and seeming determined to oppose the establishment of the mission. The Fathers, fearing that war would ensue, took out a piece of cloth with the image of our Lady de los Dolores, and held it up to the view of the barbarians. This was no sooner done than the whole were quiet, being...
Page 218 - I happened, he says, to visit the mission about this time and saw these unfortunate beings under tuition. They were clothed in blankets, and arranged in a row before a blind Indian, who understood their dialect, and was assisted by an alcalde to keep order. Their tutor began by desiring them to kneel, informing them that he was going to teach them the names of the persons composing the Trinity, and that they were to repeat in Spanish what he dictated.
Page 138 - ... of their tutors to repress, and that many, having gambled away their clothes, implements, and even their land, were compelled to beg or to plunder, in order to support life. They at length...
Page 173 - All these were flourishing in the greatest health and perfection though separated from the sea-side only by two or three fields of corn, that were cultivated within a few yards of the surf.
Page 172 - English oak; the underwood, that had probably attained its early growth, had the appearance of having been cleared away, and had left the stately lords of the forest in complete possession of the soil, which was covered with luxuriant herbage, and beautifully diversified with pleasing eminences and valleys...
Page 230 - I had the pleasure of seeing Father Peiri on his way to Mexico. After a constant residence of thirty-four years at this place,83 he left it stocked with nearly sixty thousand head of domesticated animals of all sorts,** and yielding an annual produce of about thirteen thousand bushels of grain, while the population amounted to nearly three thousand Indians! He left also a complete set of buildings, including a church with inclosures, etc. Yet after these thirty-four years of incessant labor, in which...
Page 104 - ... the first mass that was ever performed in this place ; we afterwards sang the salve to Our Lady before an image of the most illustrious Virgin, which occupied the altar; and at the same time I preached a sermon, concluding the whole with a Te Deum. After this . the officers took possession of the country in the name of the king our lord (whom God preserve). We then all dined together in a shady place on the beach ; the whole ceremony being accompanied by many volleys and salutes by the troops...

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