KINGDOM AND PEOPLE OF SI AM.
DEPENDENCIES UPON SIAM.
rpHE knowledge we possess of the countries depen-dent on Siam is of a very imperfect and fragmentary character. I have collected from various sources such information as has been accessible to me ; and that information concerns principally the Laos and Cambodian territories.
Of the various tribes and tongues which formerly occupied these regions, 44 the thousand unknown nations," Camoens thus speaks :a
O'er these vast regions see a varied throng Of thousand unknown nations crowd the coast ; The Laos both in lands and numbers strong, Avas and Birmahs in their mountains lost, And savage Gueos, scarcely seen among The deep recesses where the barbarous host ! On human flesh with brutal hunger feed,
And with hot iron stamp their ownarude deed !*
* Ves neste gro terreno os diffrentes Nomes de mil naoes nunca sabidas ; Os Laos em terra e numro potentes Avs, Bramas, por serras tam compridasa
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