Proceedings of the Royal Colonial Institute Volume N . 39

Proceedings of the Royal Colonial Institute Volume N . 39

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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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...the agricultural resources of the Colony include nearly every article of tropical produce that enters into the primary and constant consumption of our households, such as sugar, coffee, cacao, bananas, citrons and other fruits, and rice. In respect of raw materials of tropical origin, the Colony offers a field of exceptional promise for the operations of the British Cotton Growers' Association, and seems ideally suited for the cultivation, in different areas, of different varieties of rubber-yielding trees. Its forest resources are practically unlimited, and include timbers that range from the hardest, such as greenheart--a timber largely employed in the construction of the Manchester Canal--to wood that has been found the most suitable yet discovered for the manufacture of match-boxes. To what Mr. Davson has said of the mineral resources I may add a few words. It was the search for gold that originally led Sir Walter Raleigh and the imperial adventurers of the close of the sixteenth century to "that mighty, rich and beautiful Empire of Guiana." But for centuries the search was abandoned until, in 1884, gold to the amount of '250 ounces was officially declared among the exports of the Colony. At the close of 1906 very nearly 2,000,000 ounces had been declared, of an estimated value of over 7,250,000. I need hardly add that as yet vast districts remain untouched. The renewal of enterprise in search of gold was quickly followed by the first discovery of diamonds in considerable quantities in 1890, and in a few years about 740,000 stones, of an estimated value of 68,000, were declared for export. It is, perhaps, premature to invite attention to the power resources of British Guiana in the falls and cataracts that extend for miles more

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  • Paperback | 218 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 399g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236681967
  • 9781236681966