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KINGDOM OF NEw SPAIN.
Researches relative to the Geography of Mexico,
By ALEXANDER DE HUMBOLDT.
PHYSICAL SECTIONS AND MAPS,
FOUNDED ON ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATIONS, AND TRIGONOMETRICAL
TRAN SLATED FROM THE ORIGINAL FRENCH
BY JOHN BLACK.
L O N DO N :
coNTINUATION OF CHAPTER XII.
The roads of Mexico are either carried along the central table land itself, from Oaxaca to Santa Fe, or they lead from the table land towards the coasts. The former are for carrying on a communication between the towns on the ridge of the mountains, in the coldest and most populous region of the kingdom; and the latter are destined for foreign commerce, and the relations which subsist between the interior and the ports of Vera Cruz and Acapulco; besides facilitating an exchange between the productions of the mountains and the burning plains of the coast. The roads of the table land running from the S.S.E. to the N. N.W., which from the total configuration of the country, we might call longitudinal, are very easily kept up. We shall not repeat in this place what we have already stated * in the preceding chapter, relative to the extent and continuity of the high plains of Anahuac, where we find neither crevice nor
* Introduction and chapters iii. and viii.
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