Narrative of a Voyage in the Indian Seas, in the Nisus Frigate, to the Cape of Good Hope, Isles of Bourbon, France, and Seychelles, to Madras and the Isles of Java, St. Paul, and Amsterdam; During the Years 1810 and 1811

Narrative of a Voyage in the Indian Seas, in the Nisus Frigate, to the Cape of Good Hope, Isles of Bourbon, France, and Seychelles, to Madras and the Isles of Java, St. Paul, and Amsterdam; During the Years 1810 and 1811

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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. 1820 edition. Excerpt: ...or value; several free people of colour having emigrated from Bourbon, to exert their in dustry in growing cotton, cloves, cassada, rice, and sugar.-cane. The Surface of the island is irregular, presenting a diversity of hill, rock, and ravine, without any extent of flat. The rocks are granitic; the soil is in ome places scanty, but good, producing abundance of wild fruits and vegetables, with no other trouble than dropping them into the ground, Cultivation is car-. ried on in the narrow vallies, the soil there being richer and deeper than on the higher grounds, from which it is often washed down by the rains; but timber, underwood, and pasture for the sheep and cattle, are sufliciently abundant, The beef, if we may be allowed to trust to the palate, is suv perior to any we have met with since our departure from'Eng land; mutton is more rare; fish less plentiful than might be expected; but poultry abundant, and cheaper than at Mauritius, The grand _treat, how.ever, to a lover of good l_iving, turtle, is dear, The evenin of our arrival was devoted to the reception of visitors from the island, consisting of the principal people, who came off-to pay their respects, the Nisus being the first ship ofwar that had appeared since the reduction of Mauritius. Next morning we formed a party to visit the village; about half-way towards the shore, the tide, which had been rapidly ebbing, be-' came so low, that the boat struck several times, and at length fairly grounded. More than half the bay is occupied by a flat of sand and coral-beds; at low water, these are either quite uncovered, or brought so near the surface, that boats, in proceeding to the head of the bay, are obliged to take a narrow and cir-' cuitous, though deep channel, frequented by...show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236836537
  • 9781236836533