A New and Comprehensive Gazetteer, Volume 2 (Google eBook)

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T. Kelly, 1835 - Geography - 632 pages
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Page 436 - ... that perfectly harmless. The climate is remarkably salubrious, and the weather generally serene. In the northern provinces, it rarely rains, in some parts never, but dews are abundant; in the central part, rain often continues 3 or 4 days in succession, followed by 15 or 20 days of fair weather ; in the southern provinces, rains are much more abundant, and often continue 9 or 10 days without cessation. The rainy season commences in April, and continues through August. Snow falls abundantly on...
Page 329 - That all freemen of the age of twenty-one years, who have been inhabitants of any one county within the State twelve months immediately preceding the day of any election, and shall have paid public taxes, shall be entitled to vote for members of the house of commons, for the county in which he resides.
Page 298 - Carriages are not used here, lint all burdens are transported on bamboo poles laid across the shoulders of men. All the inhabitants of distinction make use of litters. Chinese women are never seen in the streets, and Tartar women but seldom. The European factories, to wit, the Dutch, French, Swedish, Danish and English, are situated on a very commodious quay, on the bank of the river. Nearly a league from Canton is the Boat-town, which consists of about CANTON— CANUTE.
Page 301 - ... any permanent settlement here. (See next article.) Cape of Good Hope ; a British colony, near the southern extremity of Africa. The Dutch, who had early fixed upon this point as a watering-place for their ships, first colonized it in the middle of the 17th century. Reducing the Hottentots (qv) to slavery, or driving them beyond the mountains, they extended the Cape settlement to nearly its present limits.
Page 298 - Shops line the sides, and an unbroken range of piazza protects the occupants ot the houses, as well as foot-passengers, from the rays of the sun. At night, the gates are closed, and bars are thrown across the entrances of the streets. The traders express themselves with sufficient fluency in the languages of their European and American customers, with whom they deal almost exclusively, selling them porcelain, lackered wares, &c. The Americans trade here to a greater extent than any other nation :...
Page 134 - Viewed from the sea, the country appears rugged and mountainous ; but, on a nearer approach, its appearance is higldy romantic and picturesque, clothed as it is with the most luxuriant vegetation, its hills covered with thick woods, and its valleys with a verdure which never fades.
Page 134 - Vili;i contiuent of South America, which he at first supposed to be a large island on the coast of Africa. In this conjecture he was soon undeceived, when the natives came in sight. Having discovered a good harbor, he anchored his vessels, and called the bay Puerto Seguro.
Page 379 - ... if it were not moderated by abundant rains. The trees are always green ; fruit and flowers grow in all seasons ; jasmines, roses, carnations, and other beautiful flowers, grow without culture ; orange-trees and citrons shade the ground, with mangoes, bananas, and other fruits. Cotton-trees cover the extensive plains. It produces no spice except pepper. The inhabitants raise a great number of cattle : the oxen are larger than those of Europe. In the forests are large herds of deer, wild hogs,...
Page 298 - The neighboring country is very charming, hilly towards the east, and presenting, in that quarter, a beautiful prospect. The houses are mostly of one story ; but those of the mandarins and principal merchants are high and well built. In every quarter of the town and the suburbs are seen temples and pagodas, containing the images of Chinese gods. The populous streets are long and narrow, paved with flat stones, and adorned at intervals with triumphal arches. Shops line the sides, and an unbroken range...
Page 135 - Seven of the fifteen provinces which composed the colony had already submitted to them, when they were suddenly checked by the revolution, which removed Philip IV from the throne of Portugal, and gave to the Portuguese independence, and a native sovereign. The Dutch, then, as enemies of the Spaniards, became friends to the Portuguese, and the latter confirmed the title of the Dutch to the seven provinces, of which they were in possession.

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