Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Lima, the capital of the Peruvian Republic, is situated on the river Rimac about ten miles from the Pacific Ocean. It is 700 feet above sea-level, and has a very picturesque appearance. Earthquakes have laid it in ruins frequently - notably in 1687, 1746 (when 2,980 houses were destroyed, and 19 ships sunk in its port, Callao), 1764, 1822, 1828. Its principal buildings are the cathedral and the Government house, once the palace, where Pizarro was assassinated. Slavery was abolished in 1828.