The Earth and Its Inhabitants ...: Mexico, Central America, West Indies

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Page 196 - The top of Mount Victoria," writes Mr. J. Bellamy, geologist of the expedition, " is a thorough peak, with but little room for moving about, and an extensive view is obtained on all sides. For some distance the prospect is nothing but alternate ridge and valley, densely wooded. There were no higher points north of us, but to the south Montagua and Omoa, in Spanish Honduras, were seen towering above the rest. No open country was seen nor any of the traditional lakes.
Page 4 - Brescia, who lived at the end of the fifteenth and beginning of the sixteenth century, and died 1510, at Bergamo, at a very advanced age.
Page 363 - ... Bay, however, is more than half covered with reefs, which are continued westward by the so-called Cayos de las Doce Leguas, or TwelveLeague Keys. Still westward, the Isle of Pines is connected with a perfect labyrinth of reefs and islets, the best of which are known as the Jardinillos and Jardines, named from the verdure-clad islets strewn like gardens amid the blue waters. In many of these, springs of pure water are said to bubble up from the deep. The interior of Cuba has not been sufficiently...
Page 360 - ... currentless channels of former rivers are observed here and there among the mangrove thickets, which also are dotted by many lakes, some covered with leaves of myriad lilies and others reflecting the fiery heat MIASMATIC . . . . _ , , . SttAMPS OF of the tropical sun.
Page 195 - One of the most remarkable peculiarities of the climate and soil is that almost all the tropical products of commercial value may be grown in the same zone. I have frequently seen maize, rice, bananas, pine-apples, oranges, coffee, cacao, cotton, cassava, rubber, and coco-nuts all flourishing on the same piece of land. Cacao of good quality is found growing wild in the forests ; there is an abundance of fibre-producing plants, particularly henequen and silkgrass, varieties of the aloe, and there...
Page 343 - ... Sea, into the Gulf of Mexico. On entering the Gulf this stream ramifies into two branches; one, following the north coast of Cuba, sets toward Florida Strait, while the other broadens out in the spacious central basin of the Gulf and develops an intricate system of counter-currents. Toward the center of this nearly circular sea the waters seem to be in a state of equilibrium, while at the periphery they move parallel with, but at some distance from, the surrounding coasts. South of the Mississippi...
Page 403 - ... dwellers, from the word comia, meaning mountain top, for they were first called Cimarons, later shortened to marons, then maroons. The "labyrinthine valleys and cockpits offered a refuge to the runaways, who found a sufficient support by clearing the forests, planting yams, and hunting the wild boar." "Thanks to their knowledge of the locality and to the 'drum language...
Page 370 - ... Cassas, who plead for the natives of Hispaniola, tells us that due to the murder of the natives of Cuba "it lies wholly untilled and ruined. The island of St. John and Jamaica lie waste and desolate." "In 1524 the Cuban Indians had already been reduced by two thirds ; some yielded to the suffering, others hastened their end by swallowing earth and gravel, or eating the bitter manioc before being deprived of its poisonous sap. According to an official report scarcely 4,000 natives had survived...
Page 76 - ... Eternal, [God] will be seen." 15] Then out of heaven an angel of the Eternal called to Abraham a second time, 16] saying, "By Myself I swear, says the Eternal One, that because you did this thing, and did not withhold your son, your only one, 17] I will bless you greatly, and make your descendants as numerous as the stars of heaven and the sands of the seashore, and your descendants shall take possession of the gates of their foes.
Page 2 - The American Mediterranean lands, although lying almost entirely within the tropics, are perfectly accessible to man for all purposes of permanent settlement. In this respect they present an absolute contrast with the vast regions of Africa situated under the same latitude.

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