General Books publication date: 2009
Original publication date: 1831
Original Publisher: F. Westley and A. H. Davis Subjects: Brazil
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Rio de Janeiro Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text.
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Excerpt: The town of S. Jose stands on the right bank of the Rio das Mortes, and just at the foot of the rocky serra of that name, which rises perpendicularly from the soil, and runs in a straight direction, like a huge wall. It is of a trap-like formation, and the different and regular strata of stones give it a still more wally and artificial appearance, like the cyclopaean architecture in the east. The town is comparatively ancient, and was built in the year 1718. It consists of about three hundred houses, in several irregular streets, on the slope of a plain, which declines from the base of the serra ; and when viewed in certain directions, it looks neat and. picturesque, as all the houses are whitewashed, and the country about is singular and romantic. The most conspicuous object is the Matriz, or mother-church of S. Antonio, which is considered the finest in the province, and stands in the most elevated part ofthe town. Besides this, there is a chapel, dedicated to St. John the Evangelist, and another to the Rosario, with one or two more smaller shrines, and this for a population of about two thousand persons. Among the curiosities of the town, is a large fountain, of antique structure, and excellent pure water, which the inhabitants prize very highly, and call it by way of eminence, Chafariz, CHAP. IV. Mining Association -- Establishment at S. Josf. -- Prejudice of Natives. -- Bur'al of a Miner -- Mulatto Priest -- Notions of Chronology and Geography. -- Singular Music in Church. -- Brazili...
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