East Indies

A Compendious Geographical Dictionary containing a Description of Every remarkable Place in Europe, Asia, Africa and America etc (1813) by B.P Capper.

East Indies: these are divided into India within the river Ganges and India beyond the river Ganges.

India within the Ganges:

This country is situated between the latitudes of 6 and 34 degrees North and between 65 and 91 degrees of East longitude. A great part of this space is covered by the sea. India within the Ganges is bounded on the North by Usbee Tartary and part of Tibet; by the Indian Ocean on the South, by Great Tibet, India Beyond the Ganges, and the Bay of Bengal on the East and by Persia an the India Ocean on the West. The chief mountains are those of Caucasus, Naugracut and Balagate, which runs almost the length of India, from North to South. Many of the mountains produce diamonds, rubies, amethysts and other precious stones. This great country contains inhabitants of various complexions, manners and religions. The manufactures of India are chiefly of muslin, calico and silk. They have some merchant ships of their own and traffic with the countries bordering upon India and particularly with Persia. The Europeans usually purchase most of their manufactures.

India beyond the Ganges:

Is situated between the latitudes of 1 and 30 degrees North and between the longitudes 89 and 109 degrees East. Great parts of these limits is covered by the sea. It is bounded on the North by Tibet and China; by China an the Chinesian Sea on the East by the same sea and the Straits of Malacca on the South and by the Bay of Bengal and part of India on the West. In the north of this country, the air is dry and healthful; but the southern provinces are very hot and moist, especially in the vallies and low lands near the sea and rivers.

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 Chapter 10 
"My protegé, as you call him, is a sensible man; and sense will always have attraction for me. Yes, Marianne, even in a man between thirty and forty. He has seen a great deal of the world; has been abroad; has read, and has a thinking mind. I have found him capable of giving me much information on various subjects, and he has always answered my inquiries with the readiness of good-breeding and good nature." "That is to say," cried Marianne contemptuously, "he has told you that in the East Indies the climate is hot, and the mosquitoes are troublesome." "He would have told me so, I doubt not, had I made any such inquiries; but they happened to be points on which I had been previously informed."
 Chapter 10 
"She resigned herself at first to all the misery of her situation; and happy had it been if she had not lived to overcome those regrets which the remembrance of me occasioned. But can we wonder that with such a husband to provoke inconstancy, and without a friend to advise or restrain her, (for my father lived only a few months after their marriage, and I was with my regiment in the East Indies), she should fall? "

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