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w from Mexico
And the Military Defence of New Spain.
THE roads of Mexico are either carried along the central table land itselfi 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 produca tionsr 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, ywhere we find neither crevice nor
* Introduction and chapter: iii. and viii.