The Missionary Review of the World has described South America as THE DARKEST LAND. That I have been able to penetrate into part of its unexplored interior, and visit tribes of people hitherto untouched and unknown, was urged as sufficient reason for the publishing of this work. In perils oft, through hunger and thirst and fever, consequent on the many wanderings in unhealthy climes herein recorded, the writer wishes publicly to record his deep thankfulness to Almighty God for His unfailing help.
I offer this book of "Wanderings" with a hesitating hand. It has little merit, and must make its way through the world as well as it can. It will receive many a jostle as it goes along, and perhaps is destined to add one more to the number of slain in the field of modern criticism. But if it fall, it may still, in death, be useful to me; for should some accidental rover take it up and, in turning over its pages, imbibe the idea of going out to explore Guiana in order to give the world an...
A Tale of Adventure in South America. At the Foot of the Mountain Range. Towards the close of a bright and warm day, between fifty and sixty years ago, a solitary man might have been seen, mounted on a mule, wending his way slowly up the western slopes of the Andes. Although decidedly inelegant and unhandsome, this specimen of the human family was by no means uninteresting. He was so large, and his legs were so long, that the contrast between him and the little mule which he bestrode was ridiculous. He was what is sometimes styled “loosely put...
THIS SIXTEENTH-CENTURY odyssey of Cabeza de Vaca's is one of the great true epics of history. It is the
semi-official report to the king of Spain by the ranking surviving officer of a royal expedition to conquer
Florida which fantastically miscarried.
Four out of a land-force of 300 men--by wits, stamina and luck--found their way back to civilization after
eight harrowing years and roughly 6,000 miles over mostly unknown reaches of North America.
The present work is the outcome of two lines of study pursued, with more or less interruption from other
studies, for about thirty years. It will be observed that the book has two themes, as different in character as the
themes for voice and piano in Schubert's "Frühlingsglaube," and yet so closely related that the one is needful
for an adequate comprehension of the other.
The Heart of Brazil—Brazil, its Size and its Immense Wealth—Rio de Janeiro—Brazilian Men of Genius—São Paulo—The Bandeirantes—The Paulista Railway Coffee—The Dumont Railway On the Mogyana Railway The Terminus of the Railway—An Unpleasant Incident—The Purchase of Animals—On the March with the Caravan Travelling across Country—A Musical Genius—Valuable Woods—Thermal Springs Inquisitiveness—Snakes—A Wonderful Cure—Butterflies—A Striking Scene
"Among the scenes which are deeply impressed on my mind, none exceed in sublimity the primeval forests undefaced by the hand of man; whether those of Brazil, where the powers of Life are predominant, or those of Terra del Fuego, where Death and Decay prevail. Both are temples filled with the varied productions of the God of Nature: no one can stand in these solitudes unmoved, and not feel that there is more in man than the mere breath of his body."—DARWIN'S Journal, p. 503.
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Although in some respects more technical in their subjects and style than Darwin's "Journal," the books here reprinted will never lose their value and interest for the originality of the observations they contain. Many parts of them are admirably adapted for giving an insight into problems regarding the structure and changes of the earth's surface, and in fact they form a charming introduction to physical geology and physiography in their application to special domains.
This tale is founded upon two sagas, which have been translated literally and without attempt to accord their
discrepancies by York Powell and Vigfussen in their invaluable Origines Icelandicae. As well as those
versions I have had another authority to help me, in Laing's Sea-Kings of Norway. I have blent the two
accounts into one, and put forward the result with this word of explanation, which I hope will justify me in the
treatment I have given them.
I shall commence this chapter by a description of Spanish Guiana (Provincia de la Guyana), which is a part of the ancient Capitania general of Caracas. Since the end of the sixteenth century three towns have successively borne the name of St. Thomas of Guiana. The first was situated opposite to the island of Faxardo, at the confluence of the Carony and the Orinoco, and was destroyed* by the Dutch, under the command of Captain Adrian Janson, in 1579. (* The first of the voyages undertaken at Raleigh's expense was in 1595; the second, that of Laurence Keymis, in...
The increasing interest attached to all that part of the American Continent situated within and near the tropics, has suggested the publication of the present edition of Humboldt's celebrated work, as a portion of the SCIENTIFIC LIBRARY. Prior to the travels of Humboldt and Bonpland, the countries described in the following narrative were but imperfectly known to Europeans. For our partial acquaintance with them we were chiefly indebted to the early navigators, and to some of the followers of the Spanish Conquistadores.
The first part of this new volume of the American Fights and Fighters Series needs no special introduction. Partly to make this the same size as the other books, but more particularly because I especially desired to give a permanent place to some of the most dramatic and interesting episodes in our history—especially as most of them related to the Pacific and the Far West—the series of papers in part second was included. "The Yarn of the Essex, Whaler" is abridged from a quaint account written by the Mate and published in an old volume which is long since...
In writing this book the author has aimed first to present in readable form the main facts about the geographical environment of American history. Many important facts have been omitted or have been touched upon only lightly because they are generally familiar. On the other hand, special stress has been laid on certain broad phases of geography which are comparatively unfamiliar. One of these is the similarity of form between the Old World and the New, and between North and South America; another is the distribution of indigenous types of vegetation in North America; and a third is the...
Sir Walter Raleigh may be taken as the great typical figure of the age of Elizabeth. Courtier and statesman,
soldier and sailor, scientist and man of letters, he engaged in almost all the main lines of public activity in his
time, and was distinguished in them all.
His father was a Devonshire gentleman of property, connected with many of the distinguished families of the
south of England. Walter was born about 1552 and was educated at Oxford.
The Lost World is a novel released in 1912 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle concerning an expedition to a plateau in the Amazon basin of South America where prehistoric animals (dinosaurs and other extinct creatures) still survive. It was originally published serially in the popular Strand Magazine during the months of April 1912-November 1912. The character of Professor Challenger was introduced in this book. The novel also describes a war between Native Americans and a vicious tribe of ape-like creatures....
ENGLISH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
1) Spain and Portugal started many new cities in the New World, especially south of Mexico. These two countries …………………………most of Central and South America. 2) The Greens bought a beautiful old house in the country. They ………………………… the kitchen by adding a dishwasher, a microwave, and a new refrigerator. The rest of the house is not modern. It has simple furniture and old wood floors, but it’s very nice. 3) Victor is studying engineering at the university.
Community studies around the world indicate a higher magnitude of
unsafe abortion than do health statistics.
In Zambia, the extent of
maternal mortality from unsafe abortion is not generally known from
health statistics; one study in which women were interviewed revealed
that 69% of the respondents knew one or more women who had
died from an unsafe illegal abortion.
Focus-group discussions and
community-based studies in India11
revealed self-reported abortions
in 28% of women, which is higher than figures derived from national
Chapter 16 Old-Growth Temperate Rainforests of South America: Conservation, Plant–Animal Interactions, and Baseline Biogeochemical Processes
Deﬁning old-growth forests (Chap. 2 by Wirth et al., this volume) must consider both technical and cultural issues. For instance, the term ‘old-growth forest’ was entirely absent from the most recent survey
Prevention of Gastrointestinal Illness Diarrhea, the leading cause of illness in travelers (Chap. 122), is usually a short-lived, self-limited condition; however, 40% of affected individuals need to alter their scheduled activities, and another 20% are confined to bed. The most important determinant of risk is the destination. Incidence rates per 2-week stay have been reported to be as low as 8% in industrialized countries and as high as 55% in parts of Africa, Central and South America, and Southeast Asia. Infants and young adults are at particularly high risk.