Campaigns and Cruises, in Venezuela and Ned Grenada, and in the Pacific Ocean; from 1817-1830: With the Narrative of a March from the River Orinoco to San Buenaventura on the Coast of Chocò; and Sketches of the West Coast of South America from the Gulf of California to the Archipelago of Chilöe. Also, Tales of Venezuela: Illustrative of Revolutionary Men, Manners, and Incidents ...

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Longman and Company, 1831
 

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Seite 41 - ... to this is added the occasional appearance of that tyrant of the stream, the alligator, floating in conscious superiority among the bulky manatis and the more agile toninos, which are incessantly rising and blowing in shoals, the scene may be somewhat imagined, but cannot be adequately described." Among the many medicinal and poisonous plants growing on the banks of the Orinoco, one of the most singular is a species of Bejuco, which, when properly administered, proves a powerful preservative...
Seite 18 - Parrots and macaws, with toucans and other birds of beautiful plumage, complete this splendid picture, and fill the air with their discordant screams, to which the metallic note of the darra or bell-bird, responds at measured intervals ; at one moment sounding close to the ear, and the next, dying away in the distance. Up the small creeks, which are completely embowered by magnificent evergreens, are seen pelicans, spoonbills, and garzons, or gigantic cranes, all busily employed in fishing. When...
Seite 140 - ... plaited work tight together, diminishing its capacity, and squeezing out the juice. When all the fluid is extracted, the mangueras are emptied of their contents on raw hides, laid in the sun, where the coarse flour soon dries. It is then baked on smooth plates, made of dry clay, with a slow fire below. This is the most difficult part of the process. The coarse flour is laid perfectly dry on the hot plates, where the women, with a dexterity only to be acquired by practice, spread it out in a round...
Seite 165 - From all parts of his dominions, his subjects of every rank voluntarily presented themselves to share his honours, or to partake his dangers; and, including some bands of mercenaries, he found himself in a short time at the head of an army, the numbers of which have been very differently estimated, but at the time of his departure it could not, in its different detachments, have consisted of less than fifty thousand men. Before Charles could, however, engage with any reasonable degree of safety in...
Seite 170 - ... but that, as Bolivar was fast approaching, they would be known on his arrival. Having observed that her intended husband was hesitating, as if about to speak, through a very natural dread of the death he saw so near, she implored him, as her last request, if he had ever really loved her, to shew, by his death, that he was worthy of her choice ; assuring him that the tyrant Zamano would never spare his life, whatever disclosures he might make ; and reminding him, that he ought to derive consolation...
Seite 161 - ... from being the case with Bolivar's army at that period. Those who had been possessed of shoes on leaving the Llanos, had long since worn them out ; and very many, even of the officers, had literally no trowsers, and were glad to cover themselves with pieces of blanket, or whatever they could procure. The appearance of the Andes, among these elevated ranges, is magnificently wild. Although they seem, when viewed from the lower mountains, to be completely covered with snow, yet there is little...
Seite 123 - ... proceed to milk the animal without interruption. ' Some cows, however, will give down no milk at first to their calves, while confined in a corral. These are literally strangled into compliance. A lazo is thrown round the animal's neck, the other end of which is passed over the forked branches of a tree, always either suffered to remain on clearing the ground for a corral, or planted there afterwards, chiefly for this purpose. The cow is then hoisted up, by two or three men, until she can barely...
Seite 169 - She was immediately tried by a military court (martial law having been proclaimed in the capital), and was condemned to be shot, together with her lover ; although no proofs whatever could be produced of his having been privy to her undertaking. They were placed in capilla, for twelve hours, previous to being brought out for execution ; but even this short interval would not have been granted, had not Zamano considered it of the greatest importance to discover, if possible, who were her accomplices....
Seite 64 - It had been sent him as a pattern, by a merchant of Trinidad, who had imported on speculation from London some yeomanry accoutrements, which had been sold off on the commencement of the peace. A plain round jacket of blue cloth, with red cuffs, and three rows of gilt sugar-loaf buttons ; coarse blue trowsers ; and alpargates, or sandals (the soles of which are made of the fibres of the aloe plaited,) completed his dress. He carried in his hand a light lance, with a small black banner having embroidered...
Seite 118 - The herds of wild horses present a beautiful spectacle when they are alarmed in their native wilds by the intrusion of an army. Instead of flying, as the deer and other timid animals, they gallop round in compact masses of many thousands, apparently for the purpose of reconnoitring the strangers ; and frequently advance boldly to within a few yards of the line of march, where they halt to gaze at the troops, snorting and 28. Pearl-ashes? 29. What of horses ? 30. Wild corses? 31. The ass' showing...

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