Page images
PDF

ON THE

KINGDOM OF NEW SPAIN.

containing

Researches relative to the Geography of Mexico,

The Extent of its Surface and its political Division into Intendancies,
The physical Aspect of the Country,
The Population, the State of Agriculture and Manufacturing
and Commercial Industry;
The Canals projected between the South Sea and Atlantic Ocean,

The Crown Revenues, * .
The Quantity of the precious Metals which have flowed from Mexico

into Europe and Asia, since the Discovery of the

New Continent,
And the Military Defence of New Spain.

BY ALEXANDER DE HUMBOLDT.

WITH

PHYSICAL SECTIONS AND MAPS,

Foun DED on ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATIONS, AND TRIGONoMETRICAL
AND BAROMETRICAL MEASUREMENTS.

TRANSLATED FROM THE ORIGINAL FRench

By JOHN BLACK.

VOL. I.

THIRD EDITION.

L O N DO N :
raisrep For
LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME, AND BROWN,
PATERNOSTER-ROW.

[merged small][ocr errors][merged small]
[merged small][merged small][merged small][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors]

:

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

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'

[graphic]
« ՆախորդըՇարունակել »