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illustrated. 1824 edition. Excerpt: ... forms the river Plata.
Mendoza stands five miles from the rivers of that name; and it is
admitted on all hands, should have been placed much nearer. It is
curious that the early colonists should have contrived to make this
mistake with several of their large cities Chile is ninety miles
from her sea-port; and, thoughpleasantly and conveniently situated
as a city, might have been placed nearer to the sea, were it only
on the banks of the Maypu. Buenos Ayres should have stood somewhere
near Ensenada, thirty or forty miles lower down the Rio de la
Plata, where there is a good harbour and tolerable roadsted,
neither of which she possesses at present. The objection is the
marshy ground in the neighbourhood; but the city might have been
placed at a little distance, like Lima, which (though not for the
same reason) stands six miles from the sea. July 19th. Don Manuel,
drunk as usual, kept me waiting from daylight until three in the
afternoon, when we left Mendoza. The postilion led the baggage
horse, Don Manuel following it with a long whip, which he kept
constantly applying MENDOZA. 73 to preserve the gallop. Having
waded, as before, through numerous ponds of water, _which extend to
a considerable distance, I suddenly missed Don Manuel; and, on
turning round, beheld him making for Mendoza, with all the sail he
could crowd. The postilion proposed waiting for his return, but I
was quite tired of him, and determined to leave him altogether, and
hire another guide at San Juan. At the post-house, which stands
just without the city, We were again delayed to pay the post as far
as Guanacache. It appears that everything must be paid for
beforehand in this country. As Don Manuel was pursebearer by
office, I had no money about me; and to avoid the delay..
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