A Practical System of Modern Geography, Or, A View of the Present State of the World: Simplified and Adapted to the Capacity of Youth ... Accompanied by a New and Improved Atlas

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Robinson, Pratt & Company, 1841 - Geography - 288 pages

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Page 4 - ... and also to an act, entitled, " An act supplementary to an act, entitled, an act for 'be encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts- and hooks- to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints.
Page 61 - The judicial power is vested in one Supreme Court and in such inferior courts as Congress may from time to time establish.
Page 4 - Co. of the said district have deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof they claim as proprietors, in the words following-, viz. " POEMS, by George Bancroft." In conformity to the act of the congress of the United States...
Page 253 - It can enumerate five times as many species of quadrupeds as Asia, and three times as many as all America. It excels Asia in the size of its colossal riverhorse (hippopotamus), gigantic giraffe and large antelopes and apes.
Page 171 - Guiana, and grows to an enormous size, measuring about 32 inches between the tips of the two wings. It sucks the blood of men and cattle when they are fast asleep. After it is full, it disgorges the blood, and begins to suck afresh, until it reduces the sufferer to a state of great weakness. The rivers of Guiana abound with fish, many of which are highly prized by the inhabitants ; and, owing to the heat and moisture of the climate, insects and reptiles of all sorts are produced in such abundance,...
Page 59 - ... entirely subservient to the aggrandizement and prosperity of the mother country ; and after the conquest of Canada, they began to exercise an undue authority over them, and to interfere in their civil concerns in a manner which excited the most serious alarm. The English government claimed the right of taxing the colonies, although they allowed them no participation in their legislative councils. The colonies denied this right, and contended that " taxation and representation were inseparable...
Page 24 - U hich the greatest number of animals proper for food ? Do the people of the torrid zone, probably, eat more vegetable or animal food ? How many animals can you mention in the torrid zone, that are proper for food ? How many in the temperate zones ? In the frigid zones...
Page 130 - ... 1000 years — since the desertion of these fabrics, and the extinction of the people by whom they were constructed. They are found in the vicinity of each other, spread over the great plains, from the southern shore of lake Erie to the gulf of Mexico, generally in the neighborhood of the great rivers. Their structure is regular, and they have been supposed to warrant the opinion of the existence, in ancient times, of great cities along the Mississippi. The mummies...
Page 120 - It is remarkable for the majestic tippenrance of its towering forest trees, and the brilliant colors of its flowering shrubs. The pines, palms, cedars and chestnuts grow to an extraordinary size and height. The laurels, especially the magnolias, are uncommonly striking objects, rising, with erect trunks, to the height of 100 feet, forming towards the head a perfect cone, and having their dark-green foliage silvered over with large milk-white flowers, frequently eight or nine inches in diameter.
Page 143 - Missouri, 120 miles above its junction with the Mississippi. It is situated on a high bluff shore, in the midst of a beautiful and fertile country. St. Louis is pleasantly situated on the Mississippi, 18 miles below the mouth of the Missouri, and 1,200 miles above New Orleans. It is the largest and most commercial town in the state, and bids fair to become an immense city.

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