The general gazetteer: or, Compendious geographical dictionary. revised by A.G. Findlay

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Pàgina 462 - ... dark brown colour, and sunk deep in the head, and the eyelids form in the great angle of the eye a deep furrow, which discriminates them from other nations ; their eyebrows are also placed somewhat higher ; and their noses though not flat, are thick and short.
Pàgina 397 - Water ; its margin is hollowed into small bays, with bold eminences, some of rock, some of soft turf, that half conceal and vary the figure of the little lake they command ; from the shore a low promontory pushes itself far into the water, and on it stands a white village with the parish...
Pàgina 450 - H'est. a denomination under which is comprehended a large chain of islands extended in a curve from the Florida shore on the northern peninsula of America to the gulf of Venezuela on the southern. Columbus gave this name to them under the notion that they formed part of the Indian continent, which it was his object in his first voyage to find ; and this opinion was so general that Ferdinand and Isabella, king and queen of Castile, in their ratification of an agreement granted to Columbus, upon his...
Pàgina xiii - ... this circle divides the surface of the earth into two equal parts, called the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. As by a real motion of the earth about its axis there is produced an apparent motion of all the heavenly bodies, so, in like manner, by the real annual motion of the earth round the sun, there is produced an apparent annual motion of the sun round the earth ; and thus the sun appears to make a complete revolution round the heavens once in a year. The circle which the sun appears to...
Pàgina 426 - Hcrcvlaneum, an ancient city of Naples, totally overwhelmed by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius, in the beginning of the reign of the emperor Titus. Its situation was long doubtful till 1711, when something of this city was discovered by a peasant digging a well in his garden ; and from 1738 to the present time, researches being frequently made by digging, a great number of manuscript, paintings, statues, busts, domestic utensils, instruments of husbandry, &c.
Pàgina 329 - The face of the country affords all that beautiful variety which can be found in the most extenbive tracts of the globe ; not, however, without romantic, and even dreary scenes, lofty mountains, craggy rocks, black barren moors, and wide uncultivated heaths ; and yet, few countries have a smaller proportion of land, absolutely sterile and incapable of culture. The richest parts are, in...
Pàgina 357 - Each island has a peculiar name ; but this general name is given to the whole group, on account of the great number of black, grey, and red foxes, with which they abound. The dress of the inhabitants consists of a cap, and a fur coat which reaches down to their knees : some wear a cap of party coloured bird-skin, upon which is left part of the wings and tail.
Pàgina 478 - In the soil and face of the country there is a great diversity. The banks of the Thames are low and marshy, but backed by a range of chalky eminences, sometimes rising to a moderate height. This kind of hard chalky soil, inclining to barrenness, extends to the NE extremity of the county, and thence round to Dover, exhibiting its nature in the lofty white...
Pàgina xiii - A circle described upon the surface of the earth, equally distant from its two poles, is called the equator ; this circle divides the surface of the earth into two equal parts, called the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. As by a real motion of the earth about its axis there is produced an apparent motion of all the heavenly bodies, so, in like manner, by the real annual motion of the earth round the sun, there is produced an apparent annual motion of the sun round the earth ; and thus the sun appears...
Pàgina 382 - ... these nine electors continued to the year 1798, when, in consequence of the alterations made in the constitution of the empire, under the influence of France and Russia, they became ten in number; namely, the elector and archbishop of...

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