Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan, Volym 1

Framsida
General Books, 2013 - 118 sidor
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1841 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVII. La Garita.--Alihuela.--A friendly People.--Heredia.--Rio Segondo.--Coffeeplantations of San Jose.--The Sacrament for the Dying.--A happy Meeting.-- Travelling Embarrassments.--Quarters in a Convent.--Senor Carillo, Chief of State.--Vicissitudes of Fortune.--Visit to Cartago.--Tres Rios.--An unexpected Meeting.--Ascent of the Volcano of Cartago.--The Crater.--View of the two Seas.--Descent.--Stroll through Cartago.--A Burial.--Another attack of Fever and Ague.--A Vagabond.--Cultivation of Coffee. The next morning we entered an open, rolling, and undulating country, which reminded me of scenes at home. At nine o'clock we came to the brink of a magnificent ravine, and winding down by a steep descent of more than fifteen hundred feet, the mountains closed around us and formed an amphitheatre. At the bottom of the ravine was a rough wooden bridge crossing a narrow stream running between perpendicular rocks a hundred and fifty feet high, very picturesque, and reminding me of Trenton Falls. We ascended by a steep road to the top of the ravine, where a long house stood across the road, so as to prevent all passing except directly through it. It is called La Garita, and commands the road from the port to the capital. Officers are stationed here to take an account of merchandise and to examine passports. The one then in command had lost an arm in the service of his country, i. e., in a battle between his own town and another fifteen miles off, and the place was given to him as a reward for his patriotic services. As we advanced the country improved, and for a league before entering Alihuela it was lined on both sides with houses three or four hundred yards apart, built of sundried bricks, whitewashed, and the fronts of some were...

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