The Geography of Asia and Africa

The Geography of Asia and Africa

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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. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...the ceremony ends. Eastern India, Or The Indo-chinese Peninsula. Boundaries and Extent.--This includes Southeastern Asia, having an area of 1,000,000 square miles, with a population of 25,000,000. The countries embraced in this division are the Empire of Burmah, the Kingdom of Siam, and the Empire of &.nam or Cochin China. E BuRMAH. Description.--This country is bounded on the north and west by India, south by Siam, and east by Cochin China. Bunnah is mountainous, with long valleys running between the ranges, watered by streams, the chief of which are the Irawady and the Saluen. These rivers bring down large quantities of alluvial soil, which produce abundant crops. Climate.--The climate is very salubrious, the seasons being regular, and the greatest extremes of heat and cold seldom experienced. Forests.--These abound everywhere, and consist chiefly of ornamental and dye woods. Minerals.--Gold, silver, rubies, sapphires, amethysts, . garnets, chrysolites, jasper, loadstone, and excellent marble. Industrial Occupations.--The objects of culture are rice, sugarcane, tobacco, indigo, and all kinds of tropical fruits. The soil is very fertile, but the implements used are badly constructed. Manufactures.--Not much pursued; they comprise silk and cotton goods, coarse earthenware, gilding, bells, and iron goods. Inhabitants.--Probable number, nearly 4,000,000. The Burmese are described as a lively, inquisitive race; active, ill-tempered, and impatient. They are extremely fond of poetry and music, and their language has been highly cultivated in composition, for they have numerous works on religion, history, and science. In this country a great deal of work is done by the women, who are treated as slaves by the men. They are a more robust and...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123692701X
  • 9781236927019