John Heywood's Atlas and Geography of the British Empire

John Heywood's Atlas and Geography of the British Empire

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...in its intensity makes it fairly endurable to natives of temperate climes. The sea breezes modify its temperature greatly. The soil is poor and produces nothing but a meagre herbage, little more than sufficient to provide food for a few goats and some cattle and sheep. The only native production worthy of note is the turtle, which is so plentiful that on an average 400 are killed every year. Birds known as sea swallows visit the island in immense numbers, and their eggs form an important item in the food of the inhabitants. Inhabitants.--The population numbers about 300, of whom the majority are sailors or others engaged in maritime affairs. The great value of the island at present is its aid to the suppression of the slave trade by its advantageous position. Within recent years a naval yard, steam factory, and a coal depot have been formed. Exports and Imports.--The only articles of export are turtles and swallows, egqs. The value of the articles imported from England in 1874 was 4,678, whilst the exports to the same country were of the Tialue of 38. The only town is Georgetown, the seat of Government. The only harbour on the coast is on the north-west, and is known as Sandy Bay. Government and History.--The administration is vested in the Board of Admiralty, who appoint as governor an officer of the English Navy. The power of this officer is as unlimited as if he were the commander of an English man-of-war. The island was first discovered on Ascension Day, 1501. It was, however, uninhabited prior to its occupation by the English in 1815, when it was created a military station, and maintained as such during the confinement of Napoleon at St. Helena. Its sole importance at preseDt arises from its situation as a naval station for the...show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236630335
  • 9781236630339