Western Skies: A Narrative of American Travel in 1868 (Classic Reprint)

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1kg Limited, 2018 M01 18 - 386 pages
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In the Middle Ages the Venetians claimed the sovereignty of the seas. They celebrated this triumph by an annual festival. Attended by a rejoicing populace, with music, and chimes of bells, the Dogs of Venice advanced to the brink of the sea, and in the name of the people, threwaringofgold intothe Adriatic; accompanying the action with these words.

Desponaamus te, mare, in signum veri perpetuique domina (we wed thee, 0 sea, in token of our true and perpetual sovereignty.) But a greater espousal took place between the Saxon nations and the Atlantic, when the first Steamer passed from land to land; still greater when a Cable joined Old World and New.

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