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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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has been rebuilt in a more magnificent
manner.

The city at present extends itself over
six islands, which are connected together
by bridges, with very extensive suburbs.
The rocks, particularly towards the sea,
form a sort of natural fortification. The
harbour is very large and commodious,
and will contain a thousand sail of ships.
But with all its conveniences as a harbour,
the utility of its situation is diminished,
from the difficulty of communication with
the sea. The lake Meller falls from it into
the Baltic; but the passage having so many
windings, and the circumstance of there
being no tides to assist the navigation of
the ships, renders it very difficult of access.
And if to this we add, that for four months
at least in every year they are frozen up,
these circumstances will be found great
impediments to commerce. The population
of the capital of Sweden is reckoned at
about one hundred thousand souls; The
castle, which is used as an arsenal, as well
as for the lodgings of the officers, is a large
building, and covered with copper, as

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