The History of Mexico: From the Spanish Conquest to the Present Era; Containing a Condensed and Connected General View of the Manners, Customs, Religion, Commerce, Soil, and Agriculture - Animal, Vegetable, and Mineral Productions - a Concise Political and Statistical Review of the Changes Effected in that Country, with is Present Form of Government, &c. &c. - Also, Observations, Speculative and Practical, as to the Best Means of Working the Mexican Mines, by a Combination of British Talent, Capital, and Machinery

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Էջ 304 - The return of this book Is due on the date indicated below DUE Usually books are lent out for two weeks, but there are exceptions and the borrower should note carefully the date stamped above. Fines are charged for over-due books at the rate of five cents a day; for reserved books there are special rates and regulations.
Էջ 12 - ... class of the people, speak Spanish. Better acquainted with the history of the sixteenth century than with that of our own times, they imagine that Spain continues to possess a decided preponderance over the rest of Europe. To them the peninsula appears the very centre of European civilization.
Էջ 7 - I was presented with gold plate and jewels of such precious workmanship, that unwilling to allow them to be melted, I set apart more than a hundred thousand ducats worth of them to be presented to your imperial highness. These objects were of the greatest beauty, and I doubt if any other prince of earth ever possessed any thing similar to them.
Էջ 158 - In 1824 Mr. Nicholas Mill wrote : " The palace of Mitla was appropriated as a retirement for the sovereign, to lament for the loss of a wife, a mother, or a son. It forms three edifices, the principal of which is best preserved, and is 130 feet in length. A staircase formed in a pit leads to a subterranean apartment 88 feet by 26. This gloomy place is covered with Grecques, the same as the exterior walls of the palace. The most material distinction between this and other Mexican...
Էջ 157 - Oaxaca is one of the most delightful countries in this part of the globe. The beauty and salubrity of the climate, the fertility of the soil, and the richness and variety of its productions all minister to the prosperity of the inhabitants ; and this province has accordingly from the remotest periods been the centre of an advanced civilization.
Էջ 5 - Spain bear a general resemblance to those who inhabit Canada, Florida, Peru, and Brasil. They have the same swarthy and copper colour, flat and smooth hair, small beard, squat body, long eye, with the corner directed upwards towards the temples, prominent cheek-bones, thick lips, and an expression of gentleness in the mouth, strongly contrasted with a gloomy and severe look.
Էջ 58 - Mexican vale, as well as all the other lakes of Mexico, are frequented by prodigious multitudes of wild ducks, wild geese, and other aquatic birds. The Mexicans leave some empty gourds to float upon the water, where those birds resort, that they may be accustomed to see and to approach them without fear. The birdcatcher goes into the water so deep as to hide his body, and covers his head with a gourd; the ducks, &c.
Էջ 216 - In the middle there is a large stone fountain of very superior workmanship, supplied with water, brought by means of pipes from the mountains to the south-east, upwards of two leagues distant ; from the same source, twelve public reservoirs in different places and streets, besides many belonging to the convents and private houses, derive their supplies. This aqueduct is in some places carried over valleys...
Էջ 147 - Those who witnessed this great catastrophe from the top of Aguasarco assert that flames were seen to issue forth for an extent of more than half a square league, that fragments of burning rocks were thrown...
Էջ 210 - In the neighborhood of New Segovia is El Corpus, which was considered, at one time, as the richest mine in the kingdom of Guatimala. It produced gold in so great a quantity, as to excite, at first, a suspicion as to the reality of the metal ; and a treasury was established on the spot, for the sole purpose of receiving the king's fifths. The district of Nicoya, which is bounded by the Pacific on the west, and the lake Nicaragua on the north, stretches twenty three leagues east and west, by twenty...

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