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Present State of the Spanish Colonies

Present State of the Spanish Colonies
Including a Particular Report of Hispañola, or the Spanish Part of Santo Domingo
2 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Latin American Studies

  • Date Published: January 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108024617

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  • William Walton (?1783–1857) was British agent at Santo Domingo (Haiti), over which the British had briefly fought with the French before it proclaimed its independence in 1804. Returning to England in 1809, he began to write on Spanish and South American affairs. The Present State of the Spanish Colonies was published in two volumes in 1810. Volume 1 deals with the island colony of Hispaniola (now divided between the Dominican Republic and Haiti). Walton discusses the history and geography of the island, and particularly the natural resources and wildlife. Volume 2 examines the history and resources of the Spanish settlements in South America, describing the Indian, Spanish and Creole inhabitants and their culture, and the relationship of the colonies with Spain. There is much of interest in his study of the origins and culture of the native tribes, and the impact on them of colonization and religious conversion.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108024617
    • dimensions: 322 x 252 x 70 mm
    • weight: 1.41kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. First discovery, and early history of Hispañola
    2. Present government of Haiti
    3. Description of the coast, harbours, bays, and detached islands of Hispañola
    4. Soil and resources compared with those of Haiti, country, vallies, climate, plains, branding cattle, woods described
    5. Rivers, streams, lakes, &c.
    6. Aspect of the country, and stroke of the sun and moon
    7. Species of woods, fruits, vegetable productions, &c.
    8. Mines, mineral productions, &c.
    9. Animals, game, fish, insects, &c.
    10. Population, cities, towns, &c.
    11. Amusements
    12. Indians, their history, one of their idols described, decline and rise of Hispañola, policy of the French in the West Indies
    13. Occupation of the island by the French, till their final expulsion by the English and Spaniards
    14. Advantages that result to England from dispossessing the French of Hispañola
    Appendix. Volume 2:
    15. Division of territory
    16. How South America was first peopled
    17. Civilized Indians
    18. Characteristic sketches of the American Spaniards
    19. Climate of Spanish America
    20. Administration of justice
    21. Negro slaves
    22. Trade of Spanish America
    23. Population
    24. Considerations on the relative situation of the Spanish colonies to the mother country

  • Author

    William Walton

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