8th July 1834

Syms Covington Journal:
This island I may say is one dense forest, and low land in general. In the forests there is to be found, and but very rarely a very small deer. Here also are a great many beautiful birds; the humming bird is very common. From San Carlos, to Castro (the latter the old capital) a road sixty miles long is cut through the forest, made entirely of wood in the following manner, something like
rush matts.

The principal beverage, or drink of the Chilotans is chichi, or cider, made from apples; but there IS ALSO aguardente, etc . The natives seem not much addicted to drunkeness.

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