The Isthmus of Darien in 1852, Journal of the Expedition of Inquiry for the Junction of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
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. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ...of land can be of much, if of any moment, to an undertaking on so large a scale, and the probability is that natural water-courses will be avoided rather than followed, except where the supply for locks is got from, should such be necessary. The greater the extent of country examined opposite to Calidonia Bay, the more useful will be the information collected. The first step (should I succeed in landing on the Atlantic side) will be to examine the shortest line between Port Escoces and the Savannah River, and then returning to the summit, follow the ridge east and west for a few miles, so as to be satisfied where the lowest point exists; having determined the height by actual levels, if possible, or if not, by a number of careful barometric observations, it will be comparatively easy to fix upon the best valley towards the Pacific, as they can 118 PROCRASTIN ATION. be examined in canoes--a far quicker and more satisfactory mode of travelling than cutting one's way through dense forests. If I am not allowed to land, nothing remains but to go from Chagres to Panama, and from thence in a canoe to St. Miguel, and as near the summit range as can be got by water. Taking provisions and instruments all that round, and the time it will occupy, is a sad hindrance, particularly as we shall probably have to return by the same route. June 3rd.--The Bogota mail is due on Saturday, and the English mail on the 9th, so that, in consulting with Forde, we think it better not to leave until the 10th; that will give Dr. Cullen another post to write by, if he does not appear in person. I have generally made it a rule to keep my own time and actions independent of every one else; my departure from it in this instance will be a lesson to adhere more strictly to...
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- 13 Sep 2013
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