Travels in Central America: Including Accounts of Some Regions Unexplored Since the Conquest

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Leypoldt, Holt & Williams, 1871 - 430 من الصفحات
 

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الصفحة xi - Tabasco, Yucatan, and the Republic of Guatemala, and comprising a considerable part of each of those states, which, if not entirely a blank, is only conjecturally filled up with mountains, lakes, and rivers. It is almost as unknown as the interior of Africa itself. We only know that it is traversed by nameless ranges of mountains, among which the great river Usumasinta gathers its waters from a thousand tributaries, before pouring them, in a mighty flood, into the Lagoon of Terminos and the Gulf...
الصفحة 382 - Don Rafael Carrera, President for life of the Republic, Captain General of the Forces, General Superintendent of the Treasury, Commander of the Royal Order of Leopold of Belgium, Honorary President of the Institute of Africa, decorated with various insignia for actions in war,
الصفحة 65 - The Indians of southern Yucatan, according to Morelet, never set out on any expedition without a supply of pozol. This is maize made into a kind of paste, sweetened with sugar to suit the taste, and when mixed with water serves at once for food and drink. It is at the same time the most economical and portable kind of provision for a journey.4 Chocolate, says Humboldt, is easily conveyed and readily employed. As an aliment it contains a large quantity of nutritive and stimulating particles in a small...
الصفحة 113 - ... his shoulders, and he is made to accompany his father in his excursions or his labors. He is taught to find his way in the most obscure forests, through means of the faintest indications. His ear is practised in quickly detecting the approach of wild animals, and his eye in discovering the venomous reptiles that may lie in his path. He is taught to distinguish the vines, the juices of which have the power of stupefying fishes so that they may be caught by hand, as also those which are useful...
الصفحة 113 - ... which neutralizes the venom of serpents. He finds out the shady dells where the cacao flourishes, and the sunny eminences where the bees go to deposit their honey in the hollow trunks of decaying trees. He learns, or is taught, all these things early, and then his education is complete.
الصفحة 114 - When he reaches the age of sixteen or 6* seventeen years, he clears a little spot of ground in the forest with the aid of fire and his machete. He plants it with maize, builds a little hut in the corner, and then brings to it a companion, most likely one who was affianced to him in his earliest infancy. Without doubt, he has some regard to the age and attractions of his female companion, but his marriage, if the union may be so called, is based on none of those tender sentiments and mutual appreciations,...
الصفحة 386 - Whither shall I go from thy spirit ? or whither shall I flee from thy presence ? If I ascend up to heaven, thou art there ; if I make my bed in hell, behold thou art there.
الصفحة 314 - Tuzulutlan, subdued by the meekness, the patience, and the evangelical virtues of the two apostles, little by little exchanged their na.tive barbarism for the more gentle manners and industrious habits which they preserve to this day. To be brief, at the expiration of a few years the name of Tierra de Guerra (land of war) was forgotten, and that of Vera Paz (true peace) was substituted ; the new designation being confirmed by the Emperor Charles V.
الصفحة 114 - ... of those tender sentiments and mutual appreciations, which with us lie at the foundation of the social superstructure. But it must be said to the credit of the Indian that he loves his home. His hut is his asylum, where he enjoys an authority and isolation which compensate for the contempt or assumption of superiority of the whites.
الصفحة xi - ... superstition. And we know, also, that the remnants of the ancient Itzaes, Lacandones, Choles, and Manches, those indomitable Indian families who successfully resisted the force of the Spanish arms, still find a shelter in its fastnesses, where they maintain their independence, and preserve and practise the rites and habits of their ancestors as they existed before the Discovery. Within its depths, far off on some unknown tributary of the Usumasinta, the popular tradition of Guatemala and Chiapas...

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