Statistics of the Colonies of the British Empire in the West Indies, South America, North America, Asia, Austral-Asia, Africa and Europe

Statistics of the Colonies of the British Empire in the West Indies, South America, North America, Asia, Austral-Asia, Africa and Europe

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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. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ...quantities, which, in conjunction with lime, makes an excellent cement, and is therefore used in forming aqueducts, as it sets hard, and is retentive of water, though subject to become speedily foul by vegetable substances adhering to its surface. V. The climate of this island is not ill adapted to the European constitution; indeed it has been found congenial to the crews of vessels that have been kept for a long space of time on salt provisions, and without vegetables. The thermometer seldom rises above 80. in James Town, and the heat is only excessive when it is reflected from the sides of the valley in calm weather; in the interior of the island the ternpcrature is more even, never so cold as in England, and scarcely so hot. The average temperature throughout the whole year has been found to be at Longwood from 56. to 68., at James Town from 66. to 78., and at Plantation House from 61. to 73. Fahrenheit. The healthy condition of the inhabitants was visible to me in their cheerful manners, and active rural industry, the cultivation of the soil being their principal occupation. lt will be seen by the table in the next page, that in 1833, out of a population of 5,000 or 6.000 inhabitants, there were but 80 deaths, and of these nine were above 70 years of age. The proportion of baptisms to burials (see next page) is also very remarkable; in some years the proportion of the-former is to the latter as 3 to 1. For the whole period it is more than 2 to l---thus demonstrating that a thigh degree of temperature merely is not unfavourable to human life. 8; 6 pounders, 14; 3 ditto, 10.----Iron, 13 inch mortars8; 8 inch ditto, 2; 32 poundcrs, 19; 24 ditto, 16; 18 ditto, 36; 12 ditto, 35; 9 ditto, ll; 6 ditto, 17; 4 ditto, 2; 3 ditto, 4; swivels, 3;...show more

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  • United States
  • English
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  • 123693668X
  • 9781236936684