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    Theodora Elizabeth Lynch (Author)
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.1856 Excerpt: ... Hayti has in turn produced gold, copper, tin, and iron. With its copper is a considerable admixture of gold. Even with the river-sands, gold dust mingles in small quantities. The riches of the ancient inhabitants of this island are mysteriously dwelt upon by Robertson, but no doubt the reality of their golden possessions was magnified by the mist in which they were shrouded. Indeed this historian goes sofar as to say, that from its mines alone the annual revenue of the island was one hundred thousand pounds. But how can this statement be reconciled with the deplorable state of poverty in which Sir Francis Drake found the country in 1558, the inhabitants at that time being so wretchedly poor that they used pieces of leather as a substitute for money. There is little interesting or exciting in the history of the West India Islands. It contains some pages darkened with the most dismal records of human nature, when the Spaniards hunted like beasts of the field the native Indians who had never wronged them, till those who escaped from being torn to pieces by ferocious blood-hounds took shelter in dens and caves of the earth, and perished there from starvation. Then Slavery brings in a new race, and scatters thousands of Africans over the land: and the whole history of these islands becomes one long scroll of Power trampling on Weakness, of Oppression driving Justice from the land. Occasionally a great mind rose up and almost triumphed over bondage itself, though, owing to the times in which it unfolded, it had to contend with a poisoned atmosphere. It was in Hayti that the famous negro chieftain, Toussaint l'Ouverture, made for himself a name ever to be associated with admiration and sorrow: and the short and tumultuous history of this man is but a beacon-light ...
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