CUMANA

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CUMANA, or NEW CORDOVA ; a town of Colombia, and capital of a province of the same name; Ion. 64° 10' W.; Jat 10° 28' N.: population, estimated by Humboldt at 18 or 19,000; by Depons, at 24,000. It is situated near the mouth of the gulf of Cariaco, about a mile from the sea, on an arid, sandy plain. The climate is hot, earthquakes are frequent, and the houses low, and lightly built. On the 14th Dec, 1797, more than three fourths of them were destroyed by an earthquake.' The inhabitants carry on a considerable trade in cacao, and other productions of the country The road is commodious for its depth, and of a semicircular form, which defends it from the violence of the winds.