Pallas, Macartney

Pallas, Macartney

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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. 1813 edition. Excerpt: ...a view of the bay-and shipping. The embassador was received by him with due honour and respect; advancing a considerable distance from his house to meet and conduct him thither. But as he had shared in the general wretchedness, occasioned by the long drought and arid winds, he had neither wine nor any other refreshments to offer. Notwithstanding the general devastation in the 'vegetable kingdom, a few verdant palm-trees were seen to flourish amidst burning sands. The asclepias gigantina, noticed for its milky, but corrosive juice, was rich in flower. The jatropha curcas, or physic nut-tree, called by the French West-Indians bois immortel, was also flourishing; and in shady vales, some indigo plants, and a few cotton shrubs, were successfully cultivated. The mimosa, or sensitive plant, common about the country, growing to the size of trees, did not appear to languish; and in some parts the annona, or sugar apple, was in perfect verdure. A tree, which, for size, may be called a phenomenon in vegetation, was discovered in a healthy state, in a vale about a mile and a half from the town of Praya, called by botanists adansonia; in English, monkey bread-tree. The natives of St. Jago call it kabisera; others, baobab. The circumference or girth of the base was fifty-six feet, which soon divided into two vast branches; the one in a perpendicular direction, whose periphery was forty-two feet, the other about twenty.six. Another of the same species stood near it, whose single trunk, girthing only thirty-ejght feet, was scarcely noticed. A small rivulet, distant, inland, about two miles, but which soon falls into a bottom, irrigated some grounds, and rendered them fertile; and also supplied a few of the inhabitants with water, at-this calamitous period. Near...show more

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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 222g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236492811
  • 9781236492814