At sunset we are rattling through the streets of the little town of Cordova.
If you are a married man resident in Cuba, you cannot get a passport to go to the next town without your wife's permission in writing.
Everything that is really Mexican is either Aztec or Spanish.
One step outside the gate, and we are among the sand-hills that stretch for miles and miles round Vera Cruz.
Even if severe wounds are given, the Indian has many chances in his favor, for his organization is somewhat different from that of white men, and he recovers easily from wounds that would kill any European outright.
During the Tertiary period the whole valley of Mexico was one great lake.
Taking it as a whole, Mexico is a grand city, and, as Cortes truly said, its situation is marvellous.
There are even many huts built entirely of the universal aloe.
There was no romance about the mosquitos, however.
Coughs seem very common here, especially among the children, though people look strong and healthy, but in the absence of proper statistics one cannot undertake to say whether the district is a healthy one or not.
Every one knows how the snow lies in the valleys of the Alps, forming a plain which slopes gradually downward towards the outlet Imagine such a valley ten miles across, with just such a sloping plain, not of snow but of earth.
The habit of building houses upon piles, which was first forced upon the people by the position they had chosen, was afterwards followed as a matter of taste, just as it is in Holland.
The journey and excursions in Mexico which have originated the narrative and remarks contained in this volume were made in the months of March, April, May, and June of 1856, for the most part on horseback.
The plateau of Mexico is 8,000 feet high, and that of Puebla 9,000 feet.
Whenever anything disagreeable is happening in the country, Vera Cruz is sure to get its full share.
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