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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
The capital of Ecuador, situated at an elevation of nearly 9000 ft. above the sea-level, and cut up with ravines; stands in a region of perpetual spring and amid picturesque surroundings, the air clear and the sky a dark deep blue. The chief buildings are of stone, but all the ordinary dwellings are of sun-dried brick and without chimneys. It is in the heart of a volcanic region, and is subject to frequent earthquakes, in one of which, in 1797,40,000 of the inhabitants perished. The population consists chiefly of Indians, whose religious interests must be well cared for, for there are no fewer than 400 priests to watch over their spiritual welfare.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Quito'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/q/quito.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.