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POLITICAL ESSAY

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ON THE

KINGDOM

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.

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OF NEW SPAIN.

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Essay on New Spain is now laid before
the Public. The Translator in these con-

I , eluding volumes;has continued to convert

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all the accuracyjny his power; but he has
cautiously and perhaps prudently abstained
from taking notice of any seeming over-
or inconsistency of M. de Humboldt,
occurring to him in the course of transla-
tion. It is hardly possible for a Translator
of the most obtuse intellect not occasionally
to perceive avulnerable pointin his original;
and whatthe present Translator perceives,
or imagines he perceives, he is at no time

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