This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1719 Excerpt: ... the Countries are burnt up with the Sun, and that from the said Mountains, there flow such mighty Streams, which, being collected together, make the Sea or Lake of Zaire, from whence proceeds the River Nile, which running thro' all Egypt, discharges it self by many Mouths into the MediteraneanSza.; and, which is most for our present Purpose, that it yearly Swells and Rises over its Banks, and overflows all the Country; so that the Towns that are Built upon any Eminences, appear like so many Islands, whilst the Flat Country lies under Water; and by such Innundations, this Country, which is otherwise dry, and almost burnt up, becomes as Fruitful as any other that are usually Water'd with Rains. Sect. XXXVI. The Fertility of Egypt. I T is wonderful what the Geographers, and among them Mr. Robbe, in his Description of the World, mentions of the Fertility of this Country; namely, that these Waters of the Nile, with which all Egypt is over-flown, are wont to leave such a Slime and Mudd behind 'em, as being dryed, renders the Ground so very Fertile, that the Trees are almost Laden with Fruits; and that if the Egyptians themselves were not so Lazy, but would Cultivate and Sow their Lands after the first Harvest, and Collection of the Produce, they would yield a Second Crop in the fame Year: This is certain, that by reason of the Strength and Fatness of their Country, the Inhabitants are oftentimes obliged to moderate the same by mixing Sand with the Earth. Many do likewise ascribe it to this Cause, that their Flocks are more numerous than in other Countries, and that their Sheep bring forth Young twice a Year, and the like: G g z Some Some Authors say the same of their Women; that they have often Twins, and sometimes more at a Birth. Sect. XXXVII. Convictions from ...
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