Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of the New Continent During the Years 1799-1804, Volume 7

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1829 - Natural history

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Page 123 - The right of every slave to buscar amo, (change his master,) or to set himself free, if he can repay the price of the purchase, — the religious feeling which inspires many masters in easy circumstances with the idea of giving liberty, by their will, to a certain number of slaves, — the habit of keeping a multitude of blacks for domestic purposes, — the attachments which arise from this intercourse with the whites, — the facility with which slaves make money, who are mechanics, and who pay...
Page 268 - English islands received in the 106 years that preceded 1786, more than 2,130,000 negroes, torn from the coast of Africa. At the period of the French revolution, the slave-trade furnished (according to Mr. Norris) 74,000 slaves annually, of which the English colonies absorbed 38,000, and the French, 20,000. It would be easy to prove...
Page 475 - A woman, annoyed by the jealousy and well founded reproaches of her husband, conceived a project of the most barbarous vengeance. With the assistance of her lover she bound her husband with cords, and threw him, at night, into a bush of Mimosa cornigera. The more violently he struggled, the more the sharp woody thorns of the tree tore his skin. His cries were heard by persons who were passing, and he was found after several hours of suffering, covered with blood, and dreadfully stung by the ants.
Page 42 - They are, according to the most accurate calculations, in lat. 22° 58' 19" N., and long. 84° 40' 19" W. The decreasing level of the limestone formations of the island of Cuba towards the north and west, indicates the submarine connection of those rocks with the lands equally low of the Bahama Islands, of Florida and Yucatan. The central and western parts of the island contain two formations of compact lime96 ttont, one of clayey sandstone, and another of gypsum.
Page 61 - E.), and does not exceed that of Cairo and Lower Egypt. The difference between the mean temperature of the hottest and coldest months, rises to 12° in the interior of the island ; at the Havannah, and on the coast, to 8° ; at Cumana, to scarcely 3°. The hottest months, July and August, attain 28'8°, at the island of Cuba, perhaps 29'5° of mean temperature, as at the equator.
Page 269 - It would be easy to prove that the whole archipelago of the West Indies, which now comprise scarcely 2,400,000 negroes and mulattoes (free and slaves), received from 1670 to 1825, nearly five millions of Africans (negros bozales).
Page 123 - ... facility with which slaves make money, who are mechanics, and who pay their masters a certain sum daily, in order to work on their own account ; — such are the principal causes from which so many slaves in the towns pass from the captive state to that of...
Page 45 - ... and to euphotides, analogous to those I found in the mountains of G-uanabacoa. The central and western parts of the island contain two formations of compact limestone; one of clayey sandstone, and another of gypsum. The former has, in its aspect and composition, some resemblance to the Jura formation.
Page 309 - ... heads, making hoarse and plaintive cries. Blood streamed from the tops of the trees, for the sailors were armed with great sticks and cutlasses (machetes).

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