This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ... Yucatan, Guatemala and Honduras, and, we may add, Nicaragua. It is as if the tribal wanderings from north to south, which sometimes took other directions, had been arrested ...
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wing of the continent at the Isthmus of, Panama. While the abundance of natural resources invited man to remain, geographic features compelled him, and thus arose Indian communities that excelled in culture the Indians in every other part of the continent. South of Panama, nature was too exuberant, and the territory too small, to favour similar progress; hence the Indians, while still quite proficient in certain arts, could not compare with their northern neighbours. In South America the exuberance of tropical life north of the Argentine lains, was as unfavourable to cultural growth as barrenness would have been. Hence the Amazonian basin, Brazil, the Guyanas, and Venezuela, as well as the eastern declivity of the Andes in general, were thinly inhabited by tribes, few of which had risen above the stage of roving savages. On the western slope of the Andes, in Colombia, the Eopulation was somewhat more dense and the ouses, although still of wood and canes, were larger and more substantially reared. Sedentary tribes of a lesser degree of culture also dwelt in northem Argentine, limited in numbers and scattered in and between savage groups. The highest development attained by man in South America before its discovery was along the backbone of the Andes from latitude 15 nort to near the Tropic of Capricorn, or 23 south. This was also the case on the Pacific shore to latitude 20 south, beinning at 2 south. In this zone the cultural growt of the Indian attained a level equal in many ways, superior in some, inferior in others (as for instance in plastic work in...