History of the British Possessions in the Indian & Atlantic Oceans: Comprising Ceylon, Penang, Malacca, Sincapore, the Falkland Islands, St. Helena, Ascension, Sierra Leone, the Gambia, Cape Coast Castle, &c., &c. By R. Montgomery Martin

Whittaker, 1837 - 358 Seiten

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Seite 280 - ... a specific in putrid and pestilential fevers. Owing to these circumstances, the fruit forms an article of commerce. Bowdich mentions that it possesses such an agreeable flavour, and is so abundant, that it constitutes a principal article of food with the natives, who season many of their dishes with it, especially their corn gruel. The Mandingoes convey it to the eastern and southern districts of Africa, and through the medium of the Arabs, it reaches Morocco, and even Egypt. If the fruit be...
Seite 257 - English shall have the right of carrying it on from the mouth of the river St. John, to the Bay and Fort of Portindic inclusively : provided that they shall not form any permanent settlement of whatsoever nature in the said river St. John, upon the coast or in the Bay of Portindic.
Seite 68 - Her hair should be voluminous, like the tail of the peacock, long, reaching to the knees, and terminating in graceful curls; her eyebrows should resemble the rainbow, her eyes, the blue sapphire and the petals of the blue manilla-flower.
Seite 44 - After being subjected to this treatment, the interior side of each section of bark is placed upon a convex piece of wood, and the epidermis, together with the greenish pulpy matter immediately under it, is carefully scraped off with a curved knife.
Seite 244 - Benguela, to the coast of which navigators generally give the name of Angola. The principal feature is the Zaire, or Congo, a powerful and rapid river, which rushes by a single channel into the Atlantic. Its course was traced upwards by Captain Tuckey, in his unfortunate expedition, 280 miles, yet nothing was ascertained as to its origin and early course ; though the hypo.thesis of its forming the termination of the Niger is now completely refuted. The natives...
Seite 151 - The apparatus is simple, consisting of a common water wheel, a circular wooden chain about forty feet in circumference, and a long square box, or trough, through which it runs in ascending. The wheel and chain, I think, revolve on a common axis, so that the motion of the former necessarily puts the latter into action. The chain consists of square wooden floats, a foot distant from each other, and strung as it were upon a continuous flexible axis, having a moveable joint between each pair. " As the...
Seite 160 - The principal rock is red sandstone, which changes in some parts to a breccia or conglomerate, containing large fragments and crystals of quartz. The whole contiguous group of isles, about...
Seite 243 - ... description of this coast They are, Fernando Po, a fine high large island, lately occupied only by a lawless race, composed of slaves or malefactors escaped from the neighbouring coast. The British government, however, upon the disappointment experienced in regard to Sierra Leone, formed, in 1827, a settlement at this island, the mountainous and picturesque aspect of which afforded hopes of a healthy station but these have been completely disappointed. Of thirty European settlers taken out, nineteen...
Seite 245 - Segno : but the natives, contrary to their general character in this region, are rude and difficult to treat with. The country to the south of Congo is called Benguela, and its commerce is still almost entirely in the hands of the Portuguese. They frequent the bay and river of Ambriz, in which there is a tolerable roadstead ; but their great settlement is at St. Paul de Loanda, a large town in an elevated situation. It exports annually 18,000 or 20,000 slaves, chiefly to Brazil.

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