Sketches of Foreign Travel and Life at Sea; Including a Cruise on Board a Man-Of-War, as Also a Visit So Spain, Portugal, the South of France, Italy, Sicily, Malta, the Ionian Islands, Continental Greece, Liberia, and Brazil Volume N . 2

Sketches of Foreign Travel and Life at Sea; Including a Cruise on Board a Man-Of-War, as Also a Visit So Spain, Portugal, the South of France, Italy, Sicily, Malta, the Ionian Islands, Continental Greece, Liberia, and Brazil Volume N . 2

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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. 1842 edition. Excerpt: ... cents to two dollars a box, which is equal to from one hundred and four to one hundred and forty dollars for the produce of an acre. From this sum, however, there should be deducted forty dollars or more for the expense of boxes and of cultivating the land. Labor is worth about seventeen and a half cents a day; and this, together with the food furnished by the employer, amounts to twenty-six cents a day. In some parts of Spain, I have known laborers work for much less than this; and, in times of scarcity, have seen them glad to get their daily food for their labor. If, in this connexion, we notice the fact, that the word translated penny in the English Bible, refers to the coin called by the Greeks drachma, and by the Romans denarion, which is equal in value to fourteen cents of our money, we may hence learn, from our Saviour's parable of the laborers in the vineyard, that the amount which each one received was about the same as is paid to the same class in Spain at the present day. Sun, or bloom raisins, are prepared in the same way with the Muscatel, but from a different kind of grapes, which are very long, and are called Uva Larga. These are put sometimes in casks, but commonly in boxes, and as they keep better than other kinds, are sent to India and other distant regions. The Lexia raisins, which are packed in casks or grass mats, called frails, are of an inferior kind, and, before drying, the grapes are dipped in a lye made from ashes, with a slight mixture of oil. From 4,000 to 4,500 tons of raisins are exported from Malaga each year, of which, in 1830, nearly two thirds were shipped to the United States. In the middle of the last century, the vineyards near Malaga produced 20,000 pipes of wine annually, and more than 6,000 wine-presses...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 322g
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  • English
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  • 1236560299
  • 9781236560292