Names and Their Histories: A Handbook of Historical Geography and Topographical Nomenclature

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Rivingtons, 1898 - 400 pages

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Page 102 - Then felt I like some watcher of the skies When a new planet swims into his ken; Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes He stared at the Pacific and all his men Looked at each other with a wild surmise Silent, upon a peak in Darien.
Page 55 - Had I permitted myself any innovation upon the original term, it would have been to convert it into Australia; as being more agreeable to the ear, and an assimilation to the names of the other great portions of the earth.
Page 132 - Gilolo was merely the name of a certain bay on the western coast, where European ships were accustomed to anchor in order to procure the bags in which the cargoes of cloves were to be packed for exportation. Hence the name of the place first visited, the objective of the voyage, came to be extended to the whole island. Gippsland, a district in the Australian colony of Victoria, and GIPPS ISLAND, New Britain, were named after Sir George Gipps, Governor of New South Wales from 1838 to 1846. Girgenti,...
Page 259 - The full title of the Bishop in the patent appointing him is Bishop of the Isle of Man, of Sodor, of Sodor and Man, and of Sodor of Man, thus embracing the Isle of Man, the adjacent islet of Sodor, and the old Hebridean diocese of Sodor now included in the See of Argyll and the Isles. Sofala, a district north of Zanzibar, on the East African coast, is an Arabic name meaning the 'lowland.' The full name is Sofalatu' I Dhahab, the
Page 155 - Elizabethtown was made the capital of the colony; other immigrants arrived from Long Island and settled on the banks of the Passaic ; Newark was founded ; flourishing hamlets appeared on the shores of the bay as far south as Sandy Hook. In honor of Sir George Carteret, who had been governor of the Isle of Jersey, in the English Channel, his American domain was named NEW JERSEY.
Page 215 - Pardo, a river in Brazil, is the 'brown river. Parenzp, a city in Istria, was the Roman Parentium. Paris, the Lutetia Parisiorum of the Romans, preserves the name of the Celtic tribe of the Parisii. ' I have,' wrote the Emperor Julian, ' spent a winter (357-358) in dear Lutetia (for so the Gauls term the little town of the Parisii), a small island lying in the river, and walled all about.
Page 105 - I have before observed that this is the most desolate coast I ever saw. It seems entirely composed of rocky mountains without the least appearance of vegetation. These mountains terminate in horrible precipices, whose craggy summits spire up to a vast height, so that hardly any thing in nature can appear with a more barren and savage aspect than the whole of this country.
Page 44 - the name of the river of the Amazons was given to it because Orellana and his people beheld the women on the banks fighting as valiantly as the men. It is not that there are any Amazons on that river, but that they said there were, by reason of the valour of the women...
Page 221 - This, then, was the long promised view and the long expected exit out of gloom ! Therefore I called the tall peak terminating the forested ridge, of which the spur whereon we stood was a part, and that rose two miles E. of us to a height of 4600 feet above the sea, Pisgah, Mount Pisgah, because, after 156 days of twilight in the primeval forest, we had first viewed the desired pasturelands of Equatoria. The men crowded up the slope eagerly with inquiring open-eyed looks, which, before they...
Page 67 - ... During the crop season, in the months of April, May and June, steamers are run weekly. The Cunard Company also have a. monthly service between Halifax, Bermuda, Turks Island and Jamaica, under contract with the Admiralty. The Bermudas were first discovered in 1515 by a Spanish vessel, called La Garza, on a voyage from Spain to Cuba, with a cargo of hogs, and commanded by Juan Bermudez, and having on board Gonzalez Oviedo, the historian of the Indies, to whom we are indebted for the first account...

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