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80 Note* req?ti? ?Ae I?Amv,,'of Protara&' rate abate. At ?at ?wn? whi? ? tweuty-? mii? ?t fwm ?he sea, forty-four as the river win?, it ?ldom exce? th? to three and a half miles per hour, even in ?e ?iny se?n. At Pefia-Blancs it runs two mil?; at ?atun sca?ely o?; and at Brusa ?e cur?nt is in summer im?r?ptible. ? ?ew rivers of i? size present more beau?ful s?nery on i? ' bau? ?an d?s the Chagres above Cruces. For miles Wgether? ? it is bounded by euormous, abrupt masses of lim?tone? of the ? most curious and fantatic forms; in o?er p?s, savannas ex- ? tend to ?e very edge of the river, ?vered with a particularly ? fine gr?! c?l? grammalotfi ? and the noble bongo ? is s?n ? studding ?e ba?s, some?ing in the sha? of a well-t?mmed ? yew-try, but growing to a much i?ger si?. In mo?t places- ' the river ? shaded from the sun's rays by a large ?ee cali? ? jigeron, which extends its br?ches ?ro? the river, its leaves ? ?ing eagerly sought by ?e fish. The water gene?lly runs over ' a b? of various de?fiptions of pebbles; and h in summer ? mint brilliantly clear. In many places, near its souse, it is ' much wider than at i? mouth, occ?ionally breaking ?to di? ? tinct channels, and foxing small islands; but in the rainy ?a- ' son thee are all connected, and constitute one broad stream, ' wi? s?ong se? bud eddies, caused by the abrupt turns, which ' render its naviga?on peculiarly ?1ous. Many years a?, from ' repeated and 1ong-con?nued rains, the river ?e until it arfiv? ' at the foundation of the church at Cruces, situate on a small ri?, t about foRy or fifty feet a?ve the present level; ?e gm?er p?t ' of the town w? submerge, and no in?ourse ?uld t?e place ' among the inhabitants for ?me wee?, unless by can?s. Bu? ' towards its mouth, ? far up as the river Trinidad, it h? never ' b?n known to rise more than six or eight feet, ?d &is height ' ?e banks easily confine.' ?e river Trinidad en? the Chagres about twenty-four mii? from i? mouth; and h also a large river. h rises very near &e south co?t, not far from the ?wn of Chorrera, which, ? will afterwards be seen, gives its name to a considerable river on i? o&er side, flowing into the Pacific. Can?s of various descrip- tions navigate the Trinidad as far ? a large town. called Capua? which lies south-west of Chonem, and bring down pr?uce to Chagres. As high as Mr. Lloyd went up, which w?'not, however, to thh point, the b?adth w? about two hundr? f?t, t? dep? from twenty-eight to twenty feet, the reach? (ca?s) long and s?ight, without falls or any other impediment to easy navigation. The Gatun is also of considerable com?uence, though nei?er deep nor wide. It ris? in ?e moun?ins ?t of Porto ?ilo, and crowing ? ?e roads !?ding from ?at city to P?m?, joim &e Chagr? in front of ?e ? of Gamn, about eight Dig,tiz?d by Google