The Geographical, Natural and Civil History of Chili: The civil history of Chili

I. Riley, 1809
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Página 4 - In describing the Chilians, MOLINA says, "Their complexion, like that of the other American nations, is of a reddish brown, but it is of a clearer hue, and readily changes to white. A tribe, who dwell in the province of Baroa, are of a clear white and red, without any intermixture of the copper colour.
Página 55 - ... mouth, even and white teeth., muscular and well shaped legs, and small flat feet. Like the Tartars, they have scarce any beard, and the smallest hair is never to be discerned on their faces, from the care they take to pluck out the little that appears ; they esteem it very impolite to have a beard, calling the Europeans, by way of reproach, the long beards. The same attention is paid to removing it from their bodies, where its growth is more abundant...
Página 56 - they are intrepid, animated, ardent, patient in enduring fatigue, ever ready to sacrifice their lives in the service of their country, enthusiastic lovers of liberty, which they consider as an essential constituent of their existence, jealous of their honour, courteous, hospitable, faithful to their engagements, grateful for services rendered them, and generous and humane towards the vanquished.
Página 3 - ... word pum, by which the Chinese call the first created man, or the one saved from the waters, induce a suspicion, from its similarity, that these have a similar signification. The lamas...
Página 67 - Ulmenes are concerned, in which case they become real civil wars. But it must be acknowledged that they are generally unaccompanied with the effusion of blood, and are confined to pillage alone. This people, notwithstanding their propensity to violence, rarely employ arms in their private quarrels, but decide them with the fist or with the club. CHAP. III. , Military System of the Araucanians ; their Arms and Mode of making War. THE military government of the Araucanians is not only more rational...
Página 63 - Their code of laws, which is traditionary, it denominated Admapu, that is to say, the customs of the country. In reality these laws are nothing more than primordial usages,, or tacit conventions that have been established among them, as was originally the case with almost all the laws of other nations ; they have, consequently, all the defects peculiar to such systems, since, as they, are not written, they can neither be verj csmpendious, ncfr made sufficiently public.
Página 6 - Every thing in it may be said to be regulated with a geometrical precision, and displays much art with great simplicity, and a connection so well ordered and unvarying in its grammatical rules, which always make the subsequent depend upon the antecedent, that the theory of the language is easy and may be learned in a few days
Página 62 - Atio-Ulmenes, and the Ulmenes, carry staves with silver heads, but the first by way of distinction have a ring of the same metal around the middle of their staves. All these dignities are hereditary in the male line, and proceed in the order of primogeniture. Thus have the dukes, the counts, and marquisses of the military aristocracy of the north been established, from time immemorial, under different names, in a corner of South America. With its resemblance to the feudal system, thia government...
Página 56 - ... nations. Were the civil manners and innocent improvements of Europe introduced among them, they would soon become a people deserving of universal esteem ; but, under the present system, this happy change appears impossible to be effected. All those nations whom either the nature of the climate...
Página 41 - ... general, fell upon the colony with inconceivable fury, burned the half-built houses, and assailed the citadel, wherein the inhabitants had taken refuge, upon all sides. 'While they defended themselves valiantly, a woman, named Inez Suarez, animated with a spirit more cruel than courageous, seized an axe. and beat out the brains of the captive chiefs^ who had attempted to break their fetters and regain their liberty.

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