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Situation, Extent, and general Description of St. Domingo—Origin of the French Colony, and Topographical Defcription cf the fe­ deral Provinces into which the French Possessions were divided —Their Population, and Produce—Shipping and Exports—Com­ pared with the Returns of Jamaica.

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H E ifland of St. Domingo is fituated in the Atlantick Ocean, about three thoufand five hundred miles from the land's end of England ; the eaftern point lying in north la­ titude 18° 20', and in longitude 68° 40' W . from Greenwich. T h e ifland extends about one hundred and forty miles in the broadeft part, from north to fouth, and three hundred and ninety from eaft to weft. In a country of fuch magnitude, diverfified with plains of vaft extent, and mountains of prodigious height, is probably to be found every fpecies of foil which nature has affigned to all the tropical parts of the earth. In general, it is fertile in the higheft degree ; every where well watered, and producing almoft every variety of vegetable nature, for ufe and beauty, for food and luxury, which the lavifh hand of a boun­ tiful Providence has bellowed on the richeft portion of the globe. In that part which conftituted the French territory, the quan­ tity of unproductive land bears no manner of proportion to the whole;

An historical survey of the french colony in the island of St. Domingo comprehending a short account  

Auteur. Edwards, B. / Ouvrage patrimonial de la Bibliothèque numérique Manioc. Service commun de la documentation, Université des Antilles e...

An historical survey of the french colony in the island of St. Domingo comprehending a short account  

Auteur. Edwards, B. / Ouvrage patrimonial de la Bibliothèque numérique Manioc. Service commun de la documentation, Université des Antilles e...

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