Extracts From A Journal (volume 2); Written On The Coasts Of Chili, Peru, And Mexico, In The Years…

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1824. Excerpt: ... town, but by floating the surrounding country, renders the rock, on which the town is built, literally an island. The whole rainy season, indeed, is sickly, but more especially so towards the end, when the rains become less violent and less frequent; while the intense heat acts with mischievous effect on the saturated soil, and raises an atmosphere of malaria, such as the most seasoned native cannot breathe with impunity. This being invariably the state of the climate, nearly all the inhabitants abandon the town as soon as the rainy season approaches. As we had often heaTd this migration described, we waited, with some curiosity, for the arrival of the appointed time: and, accordingly, towards the end of May, had the satisfaction of seeing the great flight commence. I shall never forget the singular nature of the scene which was presented to us. All the world began to move nearly at the same time, the rich and the poor streamed off indiscriminately together. The high road tor Tepic, as far as the eye could reach, was covered with horses, loaded mules, and foot passengers, winding along the plain on their way to the interior. On passing through the streets, we saw people, everywhere fastening up their windows, locking their doors, and marching off with the keys, leaving the greater parti i of their property behind them, unguarded by any-thing but the pestilence of the climate. The better classes rode away on horseback, leavingtheir baggage to follow on mules; but the finances of the greater part of the inhabitants did not admit of this, and we saw many interesting family groups, where the very aged and the veryyoung people were huddled on mules, already loaded with goods and with furniture; while the men and the women, and the stouter children, walked by t...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1824. Excerpt: ... town, but by floating the surrounding country, renders the rock, on which the town is built, literally an island. The whole ra...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:68 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217833217

ISBN - 13:9780217833219

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