A Voyage up the River Amazon: Including a Residence at Pará by William Henry Edwards

By William Henry Edwards

William H. Edwards (1822-1909) was once an American entomologist and naturalist whose paintings made an important contribution to clinical learn. First released in 1847, this can be Edwards' own account of his well-known excursion to the Amazon basin. It relates his voyage from manhattan, brief place of abode within the urban of Par? and exploration of the neighborhood jungle. a professional observer, Edwards describes in interesting aspect the animals, crops and geography of the quarter, speaking his pride at each one discovery. Highlights of the amount comprise bright depictions of encounters with anacondas and electrical eels, unique culmination and birds, and observations at the customs of the neighborhood Portuguese and local populations. meant to be used via either the naturalist and the overall reader, this ebook will captivate someone drawn to the historical past of trip and exploration, in addition to the improvement of clinical research within the tropics.

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Of the lower classes very many are Portuguese or Moorish Jews, who obtain a livelihood by trafficking with the smaller river craft, by adulterating produce, and by various other expedients in which the people of that nation are expert. Most gentlemen residing in the city have also estates in the country, to which they retire during summer. Their mode of living is very simple, and in congeniality with the clime. Two meals a-day are considered quite sufficient, and late suppers are entirely avoided.

Not at all disturbed by our dissatisfied looks and ominous grumblings, they coolly stretched themselves out upon the seats, and started up a wild song, the burden of which was of love and the dark-eyed CHAP. J NIGHT UPON THE WATER—RICE-MILLS. 27 girls they had left behind them in the city. It was a lovely night, and the music and other gentle influences soon restored our good humour, and we felt at last inclined to forgive the laziness that had left us here. No clouds obscured the sky, and the millions of starry lights that in this clime render the moon's absence of little consequence were shining upon us in their calm, still beauty.

These jars are porous, and, being placed in a current of air, the water attains a delightful coolness. This custom was borrowed by the early settlers from the Indians, and is universal. In various parts of the house are smaller jars, called bilhas (beelyas), by the side of which stands a large tumbler, for the general convenience. The habit of carrying burdens upon the head contributes to that remarkable straightness and perfection of form observed in all these blacks and Indians. Malformation or distortion of any kind is rarely encountered.

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