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BOOK II. Account of the first ages of the indian and african trade - the first peopling of abyssinia and atabara - some conjectures concerning the origin of language there


CHAP. I. Of the Indian Trade in its earliest Ages — Settlement of Ethiopia Troglodytes — Building of the first Cities.

THE farther back we go into the history of Eaftern nations, the more reafon we have to be furprifed at the accounts of their immenfe riches and magnificence. One who reads the history of Egypt is like a traveller walking- through its ancient, ruined, and deferted towns, where all are palaces and temples, without any trace of private or ordinary habitation. So in the earlieft, though now mutila-