A Historical Geography of the British Colonies

A Historical Geography of the British Colonies

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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. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...grounds, such as those around Prince Ruperts Bay, there is much malaria, which has given rise to the impression that the island is specially unhealthy; if, however, its general climate is compared with that of neighbouring colonies, the comparison is by no means disadvantageous to Dominica, while the healthiness of its higher stations is beyond question. The mean annual temperature is about 79, the average maximum 840, but at a height of 1500 feet above the sea the readings are considerably lower. The rainfall is often exceedingly heavy, but the annual average is about 70 inches. The variety of climate adapts the island to the growth of different products. It is, however, at present covered in most parts with forest, and agricultural enterprise is in a backward state, pending the time when roads shall have been re-opened throughout the colony, and good communication established between its eastern and western sides. Cultivation is as yet mainly 1 E. g. on the last voyage of Drake and Hawkins in 1595, when their men obtained tobacco from the Caribs by barter, the account stating that in the island 'groweth great store of tobacco.' 2 For a description of Roseau and of Dominica generally, see Mr. Froude's English in the West Indies. confined to a few of the valleys and to isolated clearings; Chapter about half the exports consists of sugar, and the other half 1V" consists of lime-juice and cocoa. The cocoa is of an improving quality, and is the product by which Dominica is best known in the London market. On the other hand, efforts are now being made to develop a trade with America in tropical fruits. In all the Leeward Islands the fiscal system is very much the Finances, same, but each presidency has its separate purse. Duties upon...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123674697X
  • 9781236746979