Narrative of a Journey from Santiago de Chile to Buenos Ayres in July and August, 1821

Narrative of a Journey from Santiago de Chile to Buenos Ayres in July and August, 1821

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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. 1824 edition. Excerpt: ... forms the river Plata. Mendoza stands five miles from the rivers of that name; and it is admitted on all hands, should have been placed much nearer. It is curious that the early colonists should have contrived to make this mistake with several of their large cities Chile is ninety miles from her sea-port; and, thoughpleasantly and conveniently situated as a city, might have been placed nearer to the sea, were it only on the banks of the Maypu. Buenos Ayres should have stood somewhere near Ensenada, thirty or forty miles lower down the Rio de la Plata, where there is a good harbour and tolerable roadsted, neither of which she possesses at present. The objection is the marshy ground in the neighbourhood; but the city might have been placed at a little distance, like Lima, which (though not for the same reason) stands six miles from the sea. July 19th. Don Manuel, drunk as usual, kept me waiting from daylight until three in the afternoon, when we left Mendoza. The postilion led the baggage horse, Don Manuel following it with a long whip, which he kept constantly applying MENDOZA. 73 to preserve the gallop. Having waded, as before, through numerous ponds of water, _which extend to a considerable distance, I suddenly missed Don Manuel; and, on turning round, beheld him making for Mendoza, with all the sail he could crowd. The postilion proposed waiting for his return, but I was quite tired of him, and determined to leave him altogether, and hire another guide at San Juan. At the post-house, which stands just without the city, We were again delayed to pay the post as far as Guanacache. It appears that everything must be paid for beforehand in this country. As Don Manuel was pursebearer by office, I had no money about me; and to avoid the delay..show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236980697
  • 9781236980694