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Jepson Field Book volume 10 page 30 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

 
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Jepson Field Book volume 10 page 30
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Long Valley Creek  "In the time of the Aztecs, the [Mexican table-land was thickly covered with larch, oak, cypress and other forest trees, the extraordinary dimensions of some of which, remaining to the present day, show that the curse of barrenness in later times is chargeable more on man than on nature. Indeed, the early Spainards made as indiscriminate war on the forest as did our Puritan ancestors, though with much less reason. After once conquering the country, they had no lurking ambush to fear from the submissive semicivilized Indian, and were not, like our forefathers, obliged to keep watch and ward for a century. This spoilation of the ground, however, is said to have been pleasing to their ::::::::: June 7, 1903.  imaginations, as it reminded them of the plains of their own Castile -- the table-land of Europe; where the nakedness of the landscape forms the burden of every traveler's lament, who visits that country" -- Prescott, Conq. Mex. i, 4. "The bodies [of the Aztec warriors] were covered with a close vest of quilted cotton, so thick as to be impenetrable to the light missiles of Indian warfare. -- l.c. p. 24.
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