History of Central America: 1801-1887

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History Company, Publishers, 1887 - Central America
Examines the history of Central America and Mexico from Spanish discovery and colonization to self government and industrialization for the region.

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Page 523 - States guarantee, positively and efficaciously, to New Granada, by the present stipulation, the perfect neutrality of the before-mentioned Isthmus, with the view that the free transit from the one to the other sea may not be interrupted or embarrassed in any future time while this treaty exists; and, in consequence, the United States also guarantee, in the same manner, the rights of sovereignty and property which New Granada has and possesses over the said territory.
Page 731 - The discovery of an Indian passage is the true key to the maritime movements of the fifteenth and the first half of the sixteenth centuries.
Page 707 - The whole work to be done, in order to make a ship-canal communication between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans by this route, would be to cut from Principe or from Lara mouth to Port Escoces or Caledonia Bay, a distance of from twenty-two to twenty-five miles, of which there would be but three or four miles of deep cutting. The canal, to be on a scale of grandeur commensurate with its important uses, should be cut sufficiently deep to allow the tide of the Pacific to flow right through it, across...
Page 523 - And, in order to secure to themselves the tranquil and constant enjoyment of these advantages, and as an especial compensation for the said advantages, and for the favors they have acquired by the 4th, 5th and 6th articles of this treaty, the United States guarantee, positively and efficaciously, to New Granada...
Page 694 - The government of New Granada guarantees to the government of the United States that the right of way or transit across the .Isthmus of Panama, upon any modes of communication that now exist or that may be hereafter constructed, shall be open and free to the government and citizens of the United States...
Page 707 - The difference of level between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean does not, probably, exceed nine feet; and at different hours in the day, sometimes one sea, sometimes the other, is the more elevated.' But this difference would be no hindrance, but, on the contrary, a most important advantage in a ship-canal, since it would create a current from the Atlantic to the Pacific during the ebb, and one from the Pacific to the Atlantic during the...
Page 121 - ... supported. Many died, others returned, or left for the West Indies, and a few penetrated into the interior. At the end of two years nothing remained of the attempted colony, except a small clearing, half occupied by graves, and a few decaying dwellings. As observed by Mr. Dunlap, " It seems a most singular infatuation in Europeans, to attempt colonizing on pestiferous shores, under a burning sun, where no native of a temperate region, not even those of the interior of the same country, can enjoy...
Page 713 - ... of stock in the canal, on the issue of stock; the state to receive, for the first twenty years, twenty per cent, annually out of the net profits of the canal, after deducting the interest on the capital actually invested, at the rate of seven per cent. ; and for the remaining sixty-five years twenty-five per cent, of the profits.
Page 650 - They are chiefly found upon the Pacific ranges or groups of mountains, while the gold- washings, if not the gold mines proper, are most numerous on the Atlantic slope. The silver is found in various combinations, with iron, lead, copper, and, in a few instances, with antimony. Chlorides of silver are not uncommon, and rank among the richest ores in the country.
Page 733 - ... island towards the east is lowest ; the other is so high that its summit is seldom seen. When I passed by this island the atmosphere was very clear, and I could easily see the summit. I passed the night at a farm belonging to a gentleman named Diego Mora, situated on the main land near the island.

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