Colonial Essays

Colonial Essays

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1864 edition. Excerpt: ...compilation of its various materials, for it is often in contradiction with itself. Besides this Work, we have used the classical description of Guiana by Mr. J. J. Hartsinck, published in the last century, and the concise geographical and statistical survey of Sir Robert Schomburgk (A Description 0 Britisk Guiana, London 1840). The copious descriptions of travels in this colony written by his brothers (0. A. Schomburgk, Reisen in Guiana and am Orinoko, wii/zrend der Jalre 1835--1839, Leipzig 1841; and, Richard Schomburgk, Rei.s'en in Britisb Guiana in-den Ja/lren 18401844, 3 Theile, Leipzig, 1848) were, of course, our guide, when trying to describe the interior of the colony, formerly almost completely unknown. The names of many rivers in Guiana terminate in oeni or ini, which termination, according to Humboldt and Schomburgk, has the signification of water. This termination oeni, which is also spelt oewini or oni, has, in the Dutch colony of Surinam, degenerated into owyne or ewyne, just as ini has changed to Thus the Marowyne is called Marowine in the old description of the travels of Lawrence Keymis in 1596, While the same river is still called Marouni or Maroni by the French. Just so we find in Keymis's work the old name Camaiwini instead of Commewyne, and Guritini instead of Corentijn. On the map of Guiana appended to the work of Hartsinck, we find Arinda placed between the mouth of the Arissary (or Potaro) and the lowest waterfalls, which position perfectly agrees with the statement of his text (p. 265), that this settlement was situated twelve miles lower than the mouth of the Siparoeni. One can hardly suppose that Hartsinck, who is usually so rery well informed, could be mistaken here to a rather serious extent. The...show more

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