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West African Islands

Ellis, Alfred Burdon

ISBN 10: 1151300209 / ISBN 13: 9781151300201
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Título: West African Islands

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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. 1885. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIII. MADEIRA. Coast Scenery--Birds of Prey--Funchal--Fire-eaters--A Night's Romance--Nossa Senhora do Monte--A Novel Slide--Fruits and Flowers--Festivals--Wines--Wine-growers--The Grand Corral--Mountain Boads--S. Vincente--Santa Anna. There are few prettier sights displayed to the landsman weary of salt water than the island of Madeira. Many years ago, when it first gladdened my eyes, it seemed to me to be a terrestrial paradise; and though I now regard it with something of that indifference born of the frequent renewal of my acquaintance with it, I know no island, except perhaps Fernando Po, that looks so well from the sea. Indeed the panorama, as Cape Lourengo, with the white lighthouse on the detached rock Ilheo de Fora, is rounded, and the south-eastern coast comes into view, is quite enough to recompense one for a bad passage through the Bay of Biscay, even in a West African steamer. In the foreground is a chaotic pile of purple rocks, or the frowning bluff of a dark-red cliff; and beyond lies the slope of the mountains, marked with bands of varied hues--vineyards, orange-groves, olive3, and plantations of sugar-cane. Here and there are houses, whose gleaming white walls glisten amidst the surrounding foliage, and higher up the heather and the pine throw a dark mantle over the peaks; until, some 5,000 feet above the sea, the mountains join hands with the white canopy of clouds which crowns them. As the steamer ploughs along, a ravine, with precipitous and rugged sides that yawn far back into the bosom of the hills until they are veiled in misty distance, is opened up; or a hamlet of toy houses, with white walls, green shutters, and scarlet roofs, nestling down in an emerald valley, comes into view; till at last the Bay of Funchal, with the s...

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