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in the centre of the valley. It is built upon a round mass of rock, The houses might be taken for caves. The streets are so narrow, that the houses almost touch each other. Many stand on the de clivity of the rock. It resembles a bee hive in its shape, and in the buzz of its streets. At the foot of the rock are erected stables for the camels, horses, and asses, which cannot ascend to the tow2 above. The Siwahans are great thieves. Many of them are rich

. Each individual has one or more gardens, and these it is his whole business to water and cultivate. The soil is a sandy loam, yielding corn, oil, and vegetables, but the chief produce is dates. These are all kept in a public storehouse. N. W. of the capital there is a stratum of salt, extending a full mile, and near it salt is found on the surface, lying in clods, or small lumps.



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THIS noble island, one of the largest in the world, escept NewHolland and Borneo, lies between lat. 11 22 and 25 42 S. Ion. 4! 14 to 48 14 E. Its length is about 980 miles, and its mean breadth is about 250. It lies in the Indian ocean; and the channel of Mozambique, 90 leagues across, bounds it on the W. and separates it from the continent of Africa. It is divided into 28 provinces.

On the 18th of February, 1811, this island surrendered to the British.

Its population is reckoned, by Rochon, at 4,000,000 souls. The language of all these islanders is nearly the same.

The inhabitants believe in a Supreme Being, whom they call Zanbare, that is, Creator of all things. They have no temples, no idols, no priests; but make sacrifices of sheep and oxen. They believe the soul immortal, but suppose the wicked and good rewarded in this life. They are a friendly, intelligent, excellent people, possessing a quick sense of honor and gratitude, far less mindful of injuries done themselves, than of those offered their family. They are portly in their persons, and rise abnve the middle starure. Writing is not uitnown. They have some historical-books in their own languages; but their men of learning, use only the Arabic character: That lariçuage has made some progress in the N. of the island. Their hospitality is worthy of notice and imitation. The traveller, though a stranger, enters the cottage, sits down with the family, and partakes of their re.past. This custom is general.

The oaths, which these islanders.ce not know a to violate, are taken in a solemn, impressive manner.

They have physicians to visit them when sick. These amiable people were formerly torn from their country: their families, their parents, their children, their lovers, and soid in thousands, in the French colonies, and more cruelly treated than bea.xes of burder).

These people have manufactures of iron and steen. They are

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ingenious goldsmiths, potters, joiners, carpenters, rope-makers and weavers. Their linens are woven by women; they are very fine; and beautifully colored.

The climate of Madagascar is healthy; the heat is not excessive, being in some parts tempered by land breezes, from sun-setting, till 10 or H1 o'clock in the morning. They live in towns and vil. lages. The towns are surrounded by a ditch and pallisadoes, guarded by 10 and 20 soldiers. The houses of private people consist of a convenient cottage, surrounded by smaller ones for their wives and slaves. They are of wood covered with leaves or straw, The houses of the wealthy are spacious and divided into several apartments. The princes bave buildings of taste and beauty.

This island is watered by a great number of considerable rivers, which form at their mouths many bays and gulfs, in which are found good roads and harbors. Foulepointe is the port most fre. quented on the N. coast.

The country produces oxen, sheep, goats, and cotton in abundance. Ebony, gum guttæ, cucumbers, peas, beans, barley, rice, and citrons, are plenty. Cardaman plants, banana, and orange trees flourish. Rock crystals, copper, silver, gold, iron, and precious stones are found here. A great variety of ornamental plants, of fruit trees, and valuable timber, grow on this island.

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PORTO Santo is a small island, about 20 miles in compass, in lat. 32 55 N. and 125 leagues W. of cape Blanco. It has one good harbor, safe from all winds but the S. W. Here the India ships usually stop to refit, both going and returning. The island is inhabited by Portuguese, and is very rich.

MADEIRA is a triangle of 150 miles in circuit, lying in lat. 32 30 N. and lon. 16 50 W. 120 leagues W. of cape Cantin. It is divided into two provinces. The population is said to amount to 70,000. Funchal, the capital, is in a valley, on the S. coast. The town contains 6 convents, as many churches, and about 15,000 inhabitants, Portuguese, French, English, Irish, mulattoes, and blacks. The climate is agreeable, and the soil very fertile. The chief exports are Madeira wine, 20,000 hogsheads, and sweet meats. Every specics of tropical fruit grows to perfection.

CANARIEs. These are a group of 13 islands lying off cape Non, or Nun, between lat. 27 15 and 29 50 N. and between lon. 13° and 17 30 W. Six are small and uninhabited. The religion is the Catholic. The bishop has a revenue of £10,000, and is suffragan to the archbishop of Seville. A tribunal of the inquisition is established at Palma, the capital. The government is vested in a governor and royal audience. The audience sit at Palma, the capital of Grand Canary. The population of the whole group is stated at 196,500, distributed as follows:

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Teneriffe 100,000

Lancerota 8,000 Grand Canary 40,000

Comera 7,000 Palma 30,000


1,500 Forteventura 10,000 These islands yield a revenue to the crown of about £60,000 sterling. The inhabitants are chiefly Spaniards. Most of them are poor, and are tenants. Bread is eaten only by the rich. The poorer sort subsist on soffio, a parched grain, ground by a little hand-mill. The commerce with England, Spain, and Spanish America, is important. The exports to Spanish South-America

, in 1788, amounted 10 88,255 sterling, and the imports 10 £71,586. Wine is chiefly exported from the islands of Teneriffe and Palma. Tropical fruits are raised in great abundance.

The climate is temperate and mild. The soil is generally feruile. The articles of culture are the vine, sugar-cane, cotton, wbeat, barley, and rice. All the islands are well supplied with cat. tle.

TENERIFFE is 70 miles west of Grand Canary. Its length is 70 miles. Santa Cruz, the capital, on the S. E. has a good harbor, and is a handsome, populous town. The governor resides here. No soil is more feriile than that of this island. About 40,000 pipes of wine are made annually. The climate is remarkably healthy. The celebrated Peake of Teneriffe is a well known land-mark, visible more than 120 miles.

FERRO, or HIERRO, is the most western of the Canaries, and the most western land known to the ancients, constituted, for several centuries, the oniy first meridian of geographers. The longitude of its west coast is 17 46 W.

CAPE VERD ISLANDS. These are a cluster of islands, 150 leagues W. of cape Verd, between lat. 16° and 180 N. The principal ones are St. Anthony, St. Vincent, St. Nicholas, Bonavista

, and St. Jago. They have long belonged to the Portuguese. The inhabitants of all are said to amount to 100,000. The manufactures of leather and salt form the principal riches. The soil is indifferent.

ST. HELENA. This is a beautiful island, 20 miles in circumference, belonging to the English East-India Company. Every valley is watered by a rivulet, and the island can support 3000 head of its small catile. The number of inhabitants docs not exceed 2000, including near 500 soldiers and 600 slaves, who are supplied with all sorts of manufactures by the company's ships, in return for re. freshments. It lies between Africa and South-America, about 1200 miles west of the former, and 1800 east of the latter, lon. 5 49 W. lat. 15 55 S.

BOURBON is 60 miles long, and 40 broad, 370 miles E. from Madagascar. The island is difficult of access. St. Dennis is the principal port. It has lately been taken by the English. The island has now, according to St. Pierre, 60,000 blacks, and 5000 other inhabitants : lon. 55 30 E. lat. 20 52 S.

MAURITIUS. This island, 150 miles in circumference, lies E. N. E. of Bourbon, and 400 miles E. of Madagascar. The French

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held it till 1810, when it was taken by the English. The climate is healthy ; but the soil not very fertile. The number of inhabitants on the islapd, exclusive of the military, is 8000 whites, and 12,000 blacks. Lon. 57 28 E. lat. 20 9 S.

COMORA ISLANDS are in the Indian ocean, between the coast of Zanguebar and the N. part of the island of Madagascar. They are 4 in number, viz. Johanna, Mayotta, Mohilla, and Comora, wbich last is 6 leagues long and 3 wide, and gives its name to the group. It has no safe harbors. The Arabs settled on these islands are clothed, and in some degree civilized ; but the aborigines, about 7000 in number, who inhabit the hills, and who are often at war with the Arabs, go naked, are of a dark complexion, and stupid. In the interior of the island is a lake, held sacred by the natives, in which are ducks, which are also venerated. The East-India ships often touch here for refreshment. The Arabs, some of them, speak broken, but intelligible English-preserve the manners of Arabia, and are not so dark as the natives. These isles lie between 11° and 13° S. lat, and 44o and 47° E. lonit

Socotra is a large island, 25 leagues from cape Guardefan, and 80 from Arabia. It is 75 miles in length, from E. to W. and 50 broad. It has a fine bold shore, and many excellent harbors. It is fertile and populous; and is governed by a prince, who is tributary to the Sheikh of Keschin, a town of Hadramaut in Arabia. The inhabitants are of Arabian descent, and are Mahometans. The island is very productive.

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INTERESTING TABLES, CONCERNING THE POPULATION OF THE UNITED STATES. Population. THE inhabitants of the union consist of three classes : 1. Europeans and their descendants ; 2. Africans and their descendants ; 3. Aborigines. The last are not included in any of the following estimates and enumerations.

The amount of provincial population in 1701 and 1749 was estimated at the time as follows:

Estimate of provincial population in 1701 and 1749.
Provinces. 1701 1749 Provinces.

1701 1749
N. Hampshire 10,000 30,000 Maryland 25,000 85,000
Massachusetts 70,000 220,000 Virginia 40,000 85,000
Rhode Island 10,000 35,000 North-Carolina 5,000 45,000
Connecticut 30,000 100,000 S. Carolina


30,000 New-York

6,000 New Jersey 15,000 60,000

Southern ?
Pennsylvania 20,000 250,000


77,000 251,000 Northern

185,000 795,000 Total 262,000 1,046,000 Provinces • St. Pierre.

+ Capt. Ham, Walker, Grose. Pennsylvania included Delaware till the revolution.

30,000 100,000 Georgidina}

The first actual enumeration took place in 1790. It gave the following results.

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• There were no inhabitants in the North-Western Territory in 1790.

4 Tennessee at this time was not a state; but was called the Soutb-Westers Territory.

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