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Political Essay

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ON THE

KINGDOM OF NEW SPAIN,

CONTAINING

Researches relative to the Geo-

graphy of Mexico, the Extent
of its Surface and its political
Division into Intendancies, the
physical Aspect of the Coun-
try, the Population, the State
of Agriculture and Manufac-
turing and Commercial In-
dustry, the Canals projected

between the South Sea and
Atlantic Ocean, the Crown
Revennes, the Quantity of the
precious M tals which have
flowed from Mexico into Eu-
rope and Asia, since the Dis-
covery of the New Continent,
and the Military Defence of
New Spain.

BY ALEXANDER DE HUMBOLDT.

WITH

· PHYSICAL SECTIONS AND MAPS,

FOUNDED ON ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATIONS, AND

TRIGONOMETRICAL AND BAROMETRICAL

MEASUREMENTS.

TRANSLATED FROM THE ORIGINAL FRENCH

BY JOHN BLACK.

VOL. I.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR LONG MAN, HURST, REES, ORME, AND BROWN; AND

H. COLBURN: AND W. BLACKWOOD, AND BROWN AND CROMBIE,
EDINBURGH.

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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 inhabitants of the west of Europe, down to the

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