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CHAP. III.

Rio Janeiro — Productions, Trade. — Slaves, Indians. — Police and Courts of Justice. — State of Defence—Political Situation.

THE chief vegetable productions of the district of Rio de Janeiro are sugar, coffee, cotton, cocoa, tobacco, and indigo; of these, sugar is alone indigenous, and was found growing wild by the first colonists. The tobacco raised in the Brasils is consumed there in segars and snuff; and the cultivation of indigo has been much neglected, since the East Indian indigo has rivalled it in the Eu-

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