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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
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see no difficulty in arranging a floating breakwater ï that would afford shelter for small vessels and adda materially to the importance of the roadstead. These I are the necessary improvements which require an out-1 lay, and unfortunately under the existing conditions off our occupation the revenue that would be available for public works is transferred to the treasury of: Constantinople ; thus the Turk still hampers progress, as he governs jCyprus in the uniform of the British official. W e rounded the base of the hills, which rose rapidly from the shore, and crossed several small! streams thickly fringed with tamarisk, that would be. impassable during sudden storms of the rainy season. Several villages were distinguished by their bright,' green appearance among the hills, which denoted; the existence of springs or rivulets, and as we pro-* ceeded we observed that all crops in the low ground» had benefited by artificial irrigation. ' After a ride of two hours and a half we arrived at| Caravastasi, and halted in a very stony field at the back of the village, beneath an old caroub-tree that had grown thick and shady by the merciless hacking of its taller boughs, which had reduced it to a pollard;.1 The village of Caravastasi consists only of eight oa ten houses, but is rendered important by a Customhouse. It is situated on the most inland point of Morphu Bay, and is slightly sheltered on the west by a promontory, which forms a neat little cove fof« the protection of small vessels ; but it is completely open due north. Nothing would be easier than to construct a small harbour, by extending a pier or breakwater from the end of the promontory in the$ required direction ; and the present unimportant village would become only second in importance to Kyrenia.

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