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Title: Sight-seeing in South America
Year: 1912 (1910s)
Authors: Frizell, William Givens, 1866- [from old catalog] Greenfield, George Henry, 1873-
Publisher: [Dayton, Ohio, The Utterbein press]
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: The Library of Congress
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sands on the river bottom cause the channelto change so rapidly that only an expert can be reliedupon. Nearing the shores one observes a most luxuriantgrowth of vegetation and many small, thickly-woodedislands. Sailing in and out among them are numerouslittle boats with colored cotton sails. This mingling ofgay colors—blue, brown, red, and orange—makes a verypicturesque marine effect against the background ofgreen. Driftwood and shifting sand are so common at themouth of the main artery of the Amazon that practicallyall of the Amazon River navigation is carried on in thePara River. Frequentl), therefore, the Para is spokencf as the eastern branch of the Amazon. Beyond Para,vessels navigate the Amazon, one way through GoiabalPass, and the other through Breves Pass. Para 241 The Para was our Amazon. It is just what we, in ourchikHsh dreams, imagined the Amazon to be. The landon either side of the river is low. Forest green skirtsthe waters edge without the sHghtest interruption. The
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An Old Cluirc water is rhrt} and miukly, a dingy orange brown. Ournine-hour trip on the Iara River brought us within threemiles of the city, k^rom this ])oint a large river steamertook us to tile new (|ua\. Long before reaching shore the 242 Sight-Seeing in South America city loomed up like a white city rising up out of the dis-tant waters; but a nearer approach revealed a city ofmany colors, with whitened walls and red tiled roofs. Para, locally known as Belem, which means Bethlehem,is a tropical city one and a half degrees south of theequator, with a mean temperature of only eighty degrees.Founded in 1615, it has to-day a population of nearly aquarter of a million. It is the center of commerce andof the social life of the entire province. Vessels of thelargest size find an easy and safe anchorage here. Thebiblical character of this city of Bethlehem is enhancedby giving one of its principal streets the name of Nazar-eth Street. Excessive rain and dampness make it difficult forwhites
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