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By Karl Bartolomeus Heller, Terry Rugeley

This quantity is the first-ever English translation of the memoirs of Karl Heller, a twenty-year-old aspiring Austrian botanist who traveled to Mexico in 1845 to assemble specimens. He undergone the Caribbean, lived for a time within the mountains of Veracruz, and journeyed to Mexico urban in the course of the towns of Puebla and Cholula. After a quick place of abode within the capital, Heller moved westward to envision the volcanoes and silver mines close to Toluca. whilst the USA invaded Mexico in 1846–47 stipulations turned chaotic, and the enterprising botanist was once compelled to escape to Yucat?n. Heller lived within the port urban of Campeche, yet visited M?rida, the ruins of Uxmal, and the distant southern sector of the Champot?n River."   From there Heller, touring through canoe, journeyed via southern Tabasco and northerly Chiapas and eventually lower back to Vienna via Cuba and the USA bringing again hundreds of thousands of samples of Mexican vegetation and animals.   Heller's account is without doubt one of the few records we've got from tourists who visited Mexico during this interval, and it really is rather priceless in describing stipulations open air the capital of Mexico urban.   In 1853 Heller released his German-language account as Reisen in Mexiko, however the paintings has remained almost unknown to English or Spanish readers. This version now offers an entire, annotated, and hugely readable translation.

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Since its discovery it has remained continually under the Spanish scepter, but all along has stirred up the jealousy of other nations. The last census for Havana and its suburbs showed 106,968 inhabitants, and for the entire island 946,819. The land is rich in precious metals, superbly cultivated, and owing to its tobacco and sugar commerce one of the most important points of the Americas. From the beginning the island was a gold mine for the Spanish, and who knows how Spain would have turned out if it did not have Cuba?

Indeed, we feared the evil consequences of such a storm. The captain gathered in the sails, stationed the sailors, and awaited the worst. However, how relieved were we all when the weather spent itself in a heavy rainfall, after which the sky soon cleared, and all danger passed. On that day we crossed into the tropical latitudes and thereupon entered into the tropics proper, where we hoped that a favorable trade wind would soon push us along. Sadly, our hopes were deceived; for although we rarely encountered contrary winds, we had not even the most trifling wind behind us.

Others form perforated cones resembling petrified giants from a distance, and still others, worn away by the eternal breaking of the waves, scarcely rise above the water level. Since the weather was better than ever, we passed quietly through these reefs to Grenada. One can scarcely imagine a sight more beautiful than this island. It rises among the aforementioned bare and uninhabited rocks like a garden. Although quite mountainous, it is nevertheless wholly covered by the most lovely greenery, and it seems as if in earlier times someone had paid a great deal of attention to its cultivation.

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