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SKETCH OF GUATEMALA.
|Guatemala, now styled Vieja, or Old, contains about||2,000|
|The Antigua, or Ancient, a most beautiful spot, about||18,000|
|The Nueva or New Capital, contains||50,000|
|Sundry Villages within five or six leagues of the Capital, say forty, with a population of 300 souls each||12,000|
|The City of Guatemala, with its vicinities, contains about||82,000|
The annual consumption of beeves in the Nueva, or present capital, is nearly 1000 head; the proportion of swine killed is nearly the same; but scarcely any sheep are slaughtered, and mutton is only used on days of festivity or occasions of compliment; the flocks being valued and preserved chiefly on account of their wool, which is sold at an enormous profit, in the shape of coarse cloaks to the Indians, particularly in Nicaragua and San Salvador, at annual fairs which are held there,—in the latter province at the town of San Miguel, on Ash Wednesday and the 20th of