A Voyage to the Eastern Part of Terra Firma, Or the Spanish Main, in South-America, During the Years 1801, 1802, 1803, and 1804: Containing a Description of the Territory Under the Jurisdiction of the Captain-General of Caraccas, Composed of the Provinces of Venezuela, Maracaibo, Varinas, Spanish Guiana, Cumana, and the Island of Margaretta; and Embracing Every Thing Relative to the Discovery, Conquest, Topography, Legislation, Commerce, Finance, Inhabitants and Productions of the Provinces, Together with a View of the Manners and Customs of the Spaniards, and the Savage as Well as Civilized Indians, Volume 3

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I. Riley and Company, 1806 - Indians of South America - 2 pages
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Page 239 - Firme on the north, and the island Taguache, there is a channel, navigable at all seasons. The channel, or the river of Cucazana, occupies here a place, only because at its west point, and near the land, is a shoal which does not stretch much to the west, but occupies half the river. The island of Cucazana is at the mouth of the river of the same name : it is, as it were, united with the island Taguache by a flat, which in summer leaves a number of shelves bare. From its west point there runs another...
Page 90 - They excel in none of these trades, because, learning them mechanically, they constantly offend against their principles. Besides, indolence, which is in their nature, extinguishes in them that emulation, to which the arts owe all their progress. Yet the carpenter's and mason's work is tolerably regular ; but cabinet-making is still in its infancy. All these artisans, depressed by an indifference, that seems more peculiar to their race, but generally to the soil they inhabit, and the nation to which...
Page 183 - we there see young persons so favoured by nature, that the slightest elementary instruction at once develops in them all the faculties, which in Europe do not manifest themselves until after long study, and the care of the best teachers. What adds to the singularity of the phenomenon is, that this excess of natural genius frequently becomes prejudicial to the tranquillity of the families of Maracaibo ; for it is enough for many of these young men to know the conjugation and government of the verbs...
Page 54 - The city of St. lago de Leon de Caracas, or, as it is now known, Caracas, was the capital not only of the province of Venezuela, but also of the entire captain-generalship. In the end of the eighteenth century it was the seat of the audiencia, the intendency, and the archbishopric of Venezuela. In 1797 a merchant, who had lived many years at Caracas, thus described it : " It is situated about 5 Leagues S. of La Guayra from which it is divided...
Page 91 - ... inconvenience would take place. The only resource then — is that of pressing and superintending the work, and, in spite of all these attentions, there are always indispositions, journeys, festivals, which exhaust the patience of the most phlegmatic. One is then very badly, or assuredly, very slowly served. It is easy to perceive that this torpor in the tradespeople arises only from their aversion to labour. In truth, the major part never recollect that they have a trade till they are pressed...
Page 188 - It receives the first two rivers at a little distance from Merida ; and from the waters of a multitude of other streams, by which it is successively increased, it acquires the size of a river of the first order. They cross these rivers, on foot and on horseback, on bridges of wood, constructed with solidity enough to maintain at all seasons a free communication. None of these rivers is navigable, on account of the rapidity of their currents, and the obstacles opposed to navigation by straits, sometimes...
Page 90 - ... equivalent capital. Those who are notoriously rich are followed by four or five servant women, and there remain as many more for each white of the same house who goes to another church. There are families in Caracas with twelve and fifteen female servants, exclusive of the footmen in the service of the men. The most effectual mode of lessening the injury which this species of luxury does to the labourers of the country, would be to impose on each superfluous domestic a tax heavy enough to reduce...
Page 37 - It assures the purchaser,' says Depons, ' the absolute property in whatever he may obtain by modes, that ought to have conducted him to the gallows.' The price of these bulls depended on the amount of goods stolen ; but it is just to add, that only fifty of them could be taken by the same person in a year.
Page 38 - ... to the opulence and situation of those by whom they are taken. They are nevertheless, notwithstanding the difference of price, of equal virtue, provided there has been no fraud. He who takes a bull of a price inferior to that which his fortune or rank require that he should procure, enjoys none of the advantages attached to it. You here have the latest duty imposed on the bull of the crusade; " the price is a little raised...
Page 132 - ... Self-love, always pardonable when accompanied with the desire of doing well, throws the blame on the bad quality of the tan, and the water they are obliged to use, but, it is certain, that ignorance of the process makes a great part. Yet the consumer has no great reproaches to cast upon the workmen, because it is impossible to conceive how they can furnish these articles, whatever may be their quality, for the moderate price at which they are sold. The hides and skins dressed at Carora are, in...

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