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KINGDOM OF NEW SPAIN.
Researches relative to the Geography of Mexico,
The Extent of its Surface and its political Division into Intendancies,
The Crown Revenues, * .
into Europe and Asia, since the Discovery of the
BY ALEXANDER DE HUMBOLDT.
PHYSICAL SECTIONS AND MAPS,
Foun DED on ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATIONS, AND TRIGONoMETRICAL
TRANSLATED FROM THE ORIGINAL FRench
By JOHN BLACK.
L O N DO N :
PREFACE BY THE TRANSLATOR.
It is observed by a popular French writer, Bernardin de St. Pierre, that by far the most valuable and entertaining part of modern literature is the department filled up by travellers. While the knowledge of the ancients extended merely to a small circle around them, and even there was far from accurate, there is hardly a nook in the most remote corner of the world of which we do not now possess some description, and with the inhabitants of which we are not more or less acquainted. We see the human race before us in every stage of civilization, from
the refinement and enterprize of the inha
bitants of the west of Europe, down to the A 2'