A Sketch of Madeira; Containing Information for the Traveller, or Invalid Visitor

A Sketch of Madeira; Containing Information for the Traveller, or Invalid Visitor

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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. 1851 edition. Excerpt: ...crossing the breed with the native animals: the cross succeeds well, giving a better flavour and more flesh to the scraggy mountaineers.-COWS. The Madeira cows, though they produce good working bots, are bad milkers both as regards quantity and quality. One would think that the constant importation of Alderneys in the traders must in time improve the breed; though perhaps the roughness of the pasturage has a good deal to do with the poverty of the milk. The landlords sometimes furnish their tenants with cattle, and share the profits of the sale. INSTRUMENTS OF HUSBANDRY. The instruments employed in agriculture are a plough, very similar to the old B/oman one described by Virgil, and the enchada, or pick, with which they grub up the ground. The introduction of an English plough was attempted on some ground two thousand four hundred feet above the level of the sea; an English labourer was also imported to teach cum v-J LEVADAS. 105 the use of it; nothing, however, could be made of the people or their oxen, which had been trained to work as ill as their maste1s. The harrow has met with more success. This it must be remembered is on a serra, or elevated plain; the hill-side cultivation scarcely admits of the use of ordinary agricultural implements. LEVADAS. The levddas, or courses for the water, are wonderful works; they are the result of the labour of centuries, and are still in progress. The water is gathered by them from its sources in the mountains; sometimes running through the solid rock, and sometimes along the sides of perpendicular cliffs, where it is diflicult to conceive how workmen could ever labour; sometimes carried in wooden pipes over your head; and sometimes gliding near your feet, and refreshing you as you toil up the precipitous...show more

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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236525876
  • 9781236525871