Miscellanea Curiosa: Being a Collection of Some of the Principal Phaenomena in Nature, Accounted for by the Greatest Philosophers of this Age. Together with Several Discourses Read Before the Royal Society, for the Advancement of Physical and Mathematical Knowledge..

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Page 316 - Sluce at the Mouth, where it opens into the back Creek ; for the Mouth of the Channel there is narrow, has a good hard Bottom, and is not past two Yards deep when the Flood is out; as if Nature had...
Page 264 - Rites and Ceremonies. They are ignorant of all parts of the World but their own ; they wonder much at us> that will take fo much Care and Pains, and run thro' fo many Dangers both by Sea and Land, only, as they fay, to uphold and nourifh Pride and Luxury.
Page 417 - There is no fuch thing as a King or Emperor of Darien^ nor, fo far as we can gather from all the chief Men hereabout, has been thefe 40 or 50 Years : The old Men remember fuch a Man, they fay he was a Tyrant, would take as many Wives as he pleafed, and allow them but one, and therefore they cut him off This derogates much from the reputation of the Hiftory of the Buccaneers. If there were fuch a Man, he has been an Indian made Emperor by themfelves, I mean by the Buccaneers.
Page 314 - He then faid, that the Tobacco there would drown, and the Roots rot. I replied, that the whole Country would drown if the Rivers were ftopt , but it might be laid as dry as any Land on the Plantation.
Page 293 - This <ie> the number of Rivers, is one of the chief Reasons why they have no Towns; for every one being more sollicitous for a private Interest and Conveniency, than for a publick, they will either be for making Forty Towns at once, that is, two in every County, or none at all, which is the Countries Ruine.
Page 393 - Neighbourhood, ami feem to divide the circumference of the City without the Walls between them, extending their Galleries every where under, and a vaft way from it, fo that all the Ground under, and for many Miles about it, is faid to be hollow. Now there are two forts of Authors that run into extravagance on this...
Page 417 - Gold enough, for besides that the Natives constantly assure us that they know several Gold mines on this side ; besides that, I say, the Plates they wear in their Noses, and the quantity of Gold that is amongst them, is enough to persuade any man of the truth of it. There was one night aboard here some Indians that had a hundred ounces of gold about them. We are certainly much bound to Providence in this affair ; for as we were searching for the place we were directed to, we found this, and though...
Page 95 - March, 1751, we arrived at the end of the plain, where the hills to our right and left seemed to meet. We found between those hills a vale, through which an aqueduct, now ruined, formerly conveyed water to Palmyra.
Page 427 - Caflius, where he fays &t&Tn£&t&%*£\<t$ti'jr*.<lj'ffa.t &'$- fairs vra.pt>i*M&1 that after his firft Anchoring he Sailed about a Promontory to the place where he Landed : Now there are no other Promontories on all that Coaft but the SouthForeland and Dengynefs , the latter of which it could not be, becaufe Cafar fays he Sail'd but 8 Miles, and the Nefs it felf 'is about 10 Miles from the South and neareft end of the...
Page 297 - Waters; and indeed I believe few of the Waters but participate of a petrifying Quality, tho' there be few Pebbles or paving Stones to be found in all the Country. But I have found many Sticks with crusty...

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