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Identifier: puertoricoitsres00ober
Title: Puerto Rico and its resources
Year: 1899 (1890s)
Authors: Ober, Frederick A. (Frederick Albion), 1849-1913
Subjects: Natural resources
Publisher: New York, D. Appleton and Co.
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: The Library of Congress


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landcrabs, than which there is nothing more delicious,except it be the camarones, or crayfish, fresh fromthe mountain streams, served on clean plantainleaves and with a dash of pepper and lime-juice.The crabs perform an annual migration betweenthe mountains and the shore, and then may be cap-tured by hundreds. But one should be careful andnot mistake for them the bloated crustaceans dwell-ing along shore and near settlements, as these latterare carrion feeders, subsisting on garbage andgraveyards. Salt-water shellfish are abundant, themuscles good, and the oysters eatable, but, like allwarm-water products of their class, insipid and coppery. As for fish, some of the large streams yieldgood fresh-water varieties, and the coasts swarmwith shad, bonitos, bream, sardines, Spanishmackerel, snappers, dolphins, flying fish, sting rays,and sharks. As a naturalist has asserted that the surround-ing waters of Cuba possess some six hundred dis-tinct species, it is probable that there are as many

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Edible crabs on sale. NATURAL HISTORY, GAME, INSECT PESTS. 107 in the waters bathing Puerto Kicos shores. Tothese we may add such denizens of the deep gen-erally classed with fish as the manatee and whales.The former was at one time abundant on thecoast of Florida, and in the time of Columbuswas known as the veritable mermaid. The greatnavigator, in fact, gravely asserts, in his journal,that he saw several manatees off the coast of Haiti,but was disappointed that those mermaids were notas beautiful as they had been represented to be! The best fishing grounds are said to be in themagnificent bay of Aguadilla, on the west coast,and the harbour of Arroyo, on the south. All thesewaters swarm with fish of gaudiest colours, rainbow-hued, and of strangest shapes; but notwithstandingtheir abundance, the people of all the West Indianislands import great quantities of northern cod,dried and salted. With a shred of salt cod and abit of bread-fruit, washed down with a drink ofrum or cocoa water,


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Date: 2014-07-29 22:22:44

bookid:puertoricoitsres00ober bookyear:1899 bookdecade:1890 bookcentury:1800 bookauthor:Ober__Frederick_A___Frederick_Albion___1849_1913 booksubject:Natural_resources bookpublisher:New_York__D__Appleton_and_Co_ fisherwoman fishmonger bookcontributor:The_Library_of_Congress booksponsor:The_Library_of_Congress bookleafnumber:140 bookcollection:library_of_congress bookcollection:americana

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Remove image from "mermaid". However text does reinforce that in 1890s manatees were still known to be mistaken for mermaids in the Caribbean.
gaiamichigan 2014-10-16 04:35:26

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