A General Gazetteer, Or Compendious Geographical Dictionary

Front Cover

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 332 - English in 1 763, taken by the French in 1779, and restored to the English in 1783, In 1795 the French landed some troops, and caused an insurrection in this island, which was not finally quelled till June, 1796.
Page 303 - Maurice, their stallholder ; but, on their acquisition of the Cape of Good Hope, they deserted it; and it continued unsettled till the French landed here in 1720, and gave it the name of one of the finest provinces in France.
Page 34 - But, as he rode round the walls, pensive, angry, and disappointed, he observed a stork preparing to leave her nest, in one of the towers, and to fly with her infant family towards the country. He seized, with the ready penetration of a statesman, this trifling incident, which chance had offered to superstition; and exclaimed, in a loud and cheerful tone, that such a domestic bird, so constantly attached to human society...
Page 356 - To this early division of the people into casts, we must likewise ascribe a striking peculiarity in the state of India ; the permanence of its institutions, and the immutability in the manners of its inhabitants.
Page 370 - Ferdinand and Isabella, in a ratification of their former agreement, which was granted to Columbus upon his return. ' Even after the error which gave rise to this opinion was detected, and the true position of the New World was ascertained, the name has remained, and the appellation of West-Indies is given by all the people of Europe to the country, and that of Indians to its inhabitants.
Page 83 - Helena, in the form of a cross ; also a chapel, called the Chapel of the Nativity, where they pretend to show the manger in which Christ was laid ; another, called the Chapel of Joseph ; and a third, of the Holy Innocents. Bethlehem is much visited by pilgrims.
Page 274 - Elsineur: a toll which is believed to have had its origin in the consent of the traders to that sea, Denmark taking upon itself the charge of constructing light-houses and erecting signals, to mark the shoals and rocks from the Cattegat to the Baltic: and they, on their part, agreeing that all ships should pass this way, in order that all might pay their shares: none from that time using the passage of the...
Page 284 - Here are three churches, and it had formerly an abbey, of which some remains are still visible. A remarkable battle was fought here in 1265, between prince Edward, afterward Edward I., and Simon de Montfort, earl of Leicester, in which the earl and most of his adherents were slain.
Page 388 - Juggernaut is probably the coarsest image in the country. The figure does not extend below the loins, and it has no hands, but two stumps in lieu of arms, on which the priests occasionally fasten hands of gold, A Christian is almost led to think that it was an attempt to see how low idolatry could debase the human mind.
Page 368 - ... cemetery, in which many ancient kings of Scotland, Ireland, and Norway, are buried. Other ruins of monastic and druidical edifices can be traced ; and many places are pointed out, noted for particular acts of St. Columba. This island was the retreat of learning, during the Gothic ignorance which pervaded Europe, after the overthrow of the Roman Empire ; and the seminary whence issued those pious monks and laymen who again revived learning, and propagated Christianity through many kingdoms of...

Bibliographic information