Excerpt from Travels in Brazil, in the Years 1817-1820, Vol. 1: Undertaken by Command of His Majesty the King of Bavaria
Immense countries in America, formerly belonging to the crowns of Spain and Portugal, so powerfully claims the attention of the politician, the statesman, ... and the merchant, no more can be required to recommend a work like that here offered to the public, than the assurance that it is not a mere compilation, got up to meet the exigencres of the moment, but a real and authentic narrative, of a journey through a great extent of a most interest ing country, hitherto but imperfectly, or not at all explored, and performed by persons every way 'qualified to gather ample materials for both instruction and entertainment. That such a feeling is very general may be inferred from the numerous works that have been published of late years relating to different parts of South America. In exploring this vast continent, peculiar merit belongs to the Germans, to whom the illustrious name of Von Humboldt alone, secures, without dispute, the palm of superiority. The removal of the Court 'of Portugal from Lisbon to Rio de.
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