A dull heavy bank of clouds constantly hungover the land, so that during the first sixteen days I had only oneview of the Cordillera behind Lima. They have undoubtedly been formed bythe denuding power of the sea, during long periods of rest in thegradual elevation of the continent. This tribe has had so muchcommunication with sealers and whalers, that most of the men canspeak a little English and Spanish; and they are half civilised,and proportionally demoralised. Wasp killing a Spider. I was surprised to hear the Gauchos, who have frominfancy almost lived on horseback, say that, under similarcircumstances, they always suffer. I felt the force of theremark that man, at least savage man, with his reasoning powersonly partly developed, is the child of the tropics. They said its colour was dark and mottled, and thatits legs were shorter, and feathered lower down than those of thecommon ostrich. Theplains of Siberia, like those of the Pampas, appear to have beenformed under the sea, into which rivers brought down the bodies ofmany animals; of the greater number
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- Spring '18
- Pampa, Tres Montes