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Indian population of the country lying between the great lakes of
Nicaragua and the Pacific-Discovery and conquest of Nica-
ragua by the Spaniards-Cruelties of the Spaniards- The
Indians of Western Central America all belonged to one
stock-Decadence of Mexican civilisation before the arrival
of the Spaniards—The designation “Nahuatls " proposed to
include all the Mexican, Western Central American, and
Peruvian races that had descended from the same ancient
stock-The Nahuatls distinct from the Caribs on one side
and the Red Indians on the other-Discussion of the ques-
tion of the peopling of America
Return to Santo Domingo, The birds of Chontales—The insects
of Chontales-Mimetic forms—Departure from the mines-
Nicaragua as a field for emigration-Journey to Greytown-
Return to England
MACHINERY OF CHONTALES GOLD-MINING COMPANY
SECTION OF SAN ANTONIO LODE
NATURALIST IN NICARAGUA.
Arrival at Greytown — The river San Juan-Silting up of the
harbour-Crossing the bar-Lives lost on it-Sharks—Christopher Columbus-Appearance of the town—Trade—Healthiness of the town and its probable cause- -Comparison between Greytown, Pernambuco, and Maceio-Wild fruits-Plants—Parrots, toucans, and tanagers—Butterflies and beetles-Mimetic forms - Alligators — Boy drowned at Blewfields by an alligatorTheir method of catching wild pigs.
At noon on the 15th February 1868, the R.M.S.S. Solent, in which I was a passenger, anchored off Greytown, or San Juan del Norte, the Atlantic port of Nicaragna in Central America. We lay about a mile from the shore, and saw a low flat coast stretching before us.
It was the delta of the river San Juan, into which flows the drainage of a great part of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, and which is the outlet for the waters of the great lake of Nicaragua. Its water-shed extends to within a few miles of the Pacific, for here the isthmus of Central America, as in the great continents to the north and south of it, sends off by far the largest portion of its drainage to the Atlantic. In the rainy season the San Juan is a noble river, and even in the dry