Titan; A Monthly Magazine Volume 1

Titan; A Monthly Magazine Volume 1

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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. 1848 edition. Excerpt: ...it, purchasing it at a high price. This induced men to penetrate into the desert in order to obtain it. These frequent journeys, extending their knowledge and desire to travel, impelled the merchants to move northward, till they reached the cultivated territory skirting the southern hase of Mount Atlas. By this means a regular commerce was established between the north and south, Fez being the startingpoint from the former and Timbuctoothat from the latter. From Soodan, these adventurous merchants, to the number of from two to five hundred, will proceed to Morocco, with perhaps three times the same number of canieis, through the most desert portion of the whole wilderness, bearing gold, ivory, and slaves, together with ostrichfeathers and animals' skins, picked up by casual tririk with tribes in the desert, bearing hack, in return, European manufactures, tohacco, dates, and other articles. The merchants prefer to travel this harren tract, on which a plaut is scarcely to be seen, rather than to bravr the danger of tempting the Moors and Tuaricks, who would either enrich themselves by plundering the cafilas, as they are called in Africa, or subject them to the payment of a heavy tribute, in order to secure a safe passage through their country. On a harren plain, like that of Sahara, it is evident that men can never attain to the highest state of civilisation. Neither minerals, nor vegetables, nor materials and facilities for traffic offer themselves, to the inhahitautsof the desert, in order to conduce to their advancement; yet, with the means which Providence has placed at their disposal, the Tibboos have attained to a pitch of civilisation which honourably contrasts with the condition of both the Moorish Arabs and Tuaricks. A SUNDAY MORNING. By...show more

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  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 30mm | 1,016g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123661299X
  • 9781236612991