Rotten Republics; A Tropical Tramp in Central America

Rotten Republics; A Tropical Tramp in Central America

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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. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...friends gave him money and he tried to filibuster aga-1n e_nd landed in Truxillo, Honduras, where he issued a proc1a1netion against the government. He was forced to surrender to the cornmand of the British ship, "Icarus," in 1860, and was turned over to the Honduran authorities, tried by court martial aflfl shot. His photograph is very unlike his historical portrait, 1115 manners were very quiet, he had gray eyes, fair hair, was short and thin and he wore a dandy mustache. _ Lake, trees and volcanoes give this city a beautiful setting, but like Granada in old Spain, though not so picturesque, the glory has departed. Some few citizens are wealthy, but more are poor. In its prosperous day the lake was covered with commerce, all we saw on it were a few old tubs. Long eg) the wealth of precious metals and merchandise was brought in to Granada by trains of mules. Granada was founded by Co_I"d0l_'" in 1523 and at one time was regarded as the wealthiest city In Central America. The buccaneers raided it in the seventeenth century, bagged its gold and sacked it in 1606. We looked in hovel huts and homes of abject squalor, The untidy women sat by sewing machines, surrounded by httle naked children, a litter of pigs and a lot of dogs. In one T00?" we saw a horse with the family. Remember this is not out 1-l the c0m1try, under a thatched roof with sun and air for samta-ti0n, but in the small adobe houses of the city. We were not invited to any parties here but saw the favourite pastime of many people--a louse-party. These filthy Yahoos search each other's head, catch the little animal that inspired Burns' poem, bite ofi" its head and spit on the floor what they don't swallow. LAKE VIEWS ' T...show more

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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236971213
  • 9781236971210