A Sketch of the Settlement and Exploration of Lower California

A Sketch of the Settlement and Exploration of Lower California

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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. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ...it to its head we found the spring known as Agua Dulce, or sweet water. It is a pool twenty or thirty feet in diameter, several feet deep, and beautifully clear. Our thirsty mules drank with avidity, and after procuring a supply for camp, we continued our journey to the plains of Buenos Ayres. After riding a couple of leagues over volcanic fragments, thickly strewed over the ground, we entered a broad plain, extending to the north and northeast as far as the eye could reach, covered with clumps of mesquit-trees, bushes, and tree yucca, while the soil, rich and fertile and without stones, was clothed with a profusion of grass. I find a memorandum on the margin of my note-book at this point, "Not a cactus in sight," followed by a large and emphatic-looking exclamationmark. This was not strictly correct. After writing it, while hunting, I sawa few choreas, but they were so scarce as to hardly attract attention. It was the first time we had camped in Lower California without being surrounded with cactus, and we fully enjoyed the exemption. The plain seems to be very little known, to the northeast of where the road crosses it. If it retains its character for a few miles, and a constant supply of water could be had, it would prove a valuable stock district. So far as known, no water exists in any part of it. Thursday (5th), rode about six leagues across the corner of the plain and through the hills to the deserted mission of San Fernando. This mission; founded in 1768, 99 years ago, consists of a large adobe church, now entirely in ruins, and a rather extensive series of rooms in an adjoining building, still in a pretty good state of preservation. They were placed on the hill-side, on a little flat, partially artificial, and...show more

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  • Paperback | 142 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 268g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236791495
  • 9781236791498