A New Universal Gazetteer: Containing a Description of the Principal Nations, Empires, Kingdoms, States ... of the Known World ...

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W. Marshall & Company, 1839 - 799 pàgines
 

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Pàgina 341 - Water ; its margin is hollowed into small bays, with bold eminences, some of rock, some of soft turf, that half conceal and vary the figure of the little lake they command ; from the shore a low promontory pushes itself far into the water, and on it stands a white village with the parish...
Pàgina 16 - ... sea appeared to me more easy to be encountered than one amongst those sands. It is impossible to imagine desolation more complete ; we could see neither sun, earth, nor sky : the plain at ten paces distance was absolutely imperceptible : our beasts, as well as ourselves, were so covered as to render breathing difficult ; they hid their faces in the ground, and we could only uncover our own for a moment, to behold this chaos of mid-day darkness, and wait impatiently for its abatement. Alexander's...
Pàgina 373 - Its situation was long doubtful, till 1711, when something of this city was discovered by a peasant digging a well in his garden; and, from 1738 to the present time, researches being frequently made by digging, a great number of manuscripts, paintings, statues, busts, domestic utensils, instruments of husbandry, &c., have been found. The village of Portici now stands on part of its site.
Pàgina 46 - But, as he rode round the walls, pensive, angry, and disappointed, he observed a stork preparing to leave her nest, in one of the towers, and to fly with her infant family towards the country. He seized, with the ready penetration of a statesman, this trifling incident, which chance had offered to superstition; and exclaimed, in a loud and cheerful tone, that...
Pàgina 16 - So, where our wide Numidian wastes extend, Sudden, th' impetuous hurricanes descend, Wheel through the air, in circling eddies play, Tear up the sands, and sweep whole plains away. The helpless traveller, with wild surprise, Sees the dry desert all around him rise, And smother'd in the dusty whirlwind dies.
Pàgina 16 - Its fury spent itself, like íhe storms of ocean, in sudden lulls and squalls: but it was not until the third or fourth interval that our fears were sufficiently conquered to address each other; nor shall I soon lose the recollection of the impressive manner in which that was done.
Pàgina 319 - They have no teeth, and of course cannot bite very hard. They take their food into their mouths by the assistance of the sharp edge of the upper and under jaw, which shut together one a little within the other, so as to nip grass, or any flowers, berries, or shrubbery, the only food they eat.
Pàgina 377 - To this early division of the people into casts, we must likewise ascribe a striking peculiarity in the state of India ; the permanence of its institutions, and the immutability in the manners of its inhabitants.
Pàgina 188 - The natives carry on considerable trade with the adjoining States; and some of them export cotton in boats down the Tennessee, to the Mississippi, and down that river to New Orleans.
Pàgina 377 - Mogul empire was now become merely nominal ; and the emperors, from this period, must be regarded as of no political consequence, otherwise than as their names and persons were made use of, by different parties to promote their own views ; for the name and person of the emperor retains a considerable degree of veneration among the bulk of the people in Hindoostan.

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