In our passage to the Plata, we saw nothing particular, excepting on one day a great shoal of porpoises, many hundreds in number.
The Beagle was employed in surveying the extreme southern and eastern coasts of America, south of the Plata, during the two succeeding years.
The features of the country are very similar along the whole northern bank of the Plata.
Near Pan de Azucar, a landmark well known to all those who have sailed up the Plata, I stayed a day at the house of a most hospitable old Spaniard.
In the middle of the continent there is a broad intermediate band, including central Chile and the provinces of La Plata, where the rain-bringing winds have not to pass over lofty mountains, and where the land is neither a desert nor covered by forests.
But, before he returned, he was told of another Spanish ship, or galleon, which had been east away near Porto de la Plata.
It was on a reef of rocks, a few leagues from Porto de la Plata.
He sailed from England, and arrived safely at Porto de la Plata, where he took an adze and assisted his men to build a large boat.
When South America, that is to say, Peru, Chili, Brazil, the provinces of La Plata
and Columbia, had poured forth their quota into their hands, the sum of $300,000, it found itself in possession of a considerable capital, of which the following is a statement:
I found a small island, recognised in 1801 by Captain Crespo, and marked in the ancient Spanish maps as Rocca de la Plata
, the meaning of which is The Silver Rock.
Foreign Member of'--well, quite a lot of things, about two inches of small type--`Societe Belge, American Academy of Sciences, La Plata
Several of the plants now most numerous over the wide plains of La Plata
, clothing square leagues of surface almost to the exclusion of all other plants, have been introduced from Europe; and there are plants which now range in India, as I hear from Dr.