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The Bermudas
A day or two of such fanciful voyaging, brought us in sight of the Bermudas, which first looked like mere summer clouds, peering above the quiet ocean. All day we glided along in sight of them, with just wind enough to fill our sails.
I have the mortification to inform your Excellency that I have been forced to give up the posts of York and Gloucester, and to surrender the troops under my command, by capitulation, on the 19th instant, as prisoners of war to the combined forces of America and France.
Manhattan Island
The first discovery of Manhattan Island has been generally ascribed to Henry Hudson, an Englishman by birth, who, in the year 1690, being then in the service of the Dutch, sailed westward from the shores of Europe, in search of a northwest passage to the East Indies.
The Valley Of Waterfalls
Since 1851, when the first stranger entered the Yosemite, it has been visited by some forty-three thousand persons.
Bunker Hill
Properly and strictly speaking, there was no Commander-in-Chief in the Bunker Hill battle. The troops from the different States were strangers to each other. The battle itself was unexpected, and may be said to have been accidental.
Ticonderoga is a corruption of Cheonderoga, an Iroquois word, signifying Sounding Waters, and was applied by the Indians to the rushing waters of the outlet of Lake George at the falls.
Lake Champlain
Beautiful Lake Champlain owes its name to Saumel de Champlain, the founder of Quebec. In 1609, long before the Pilgrim Fathers landed at Plymouth, he joined a band of Huron and Algonquin warriors on an expedition against their enemies, the Iroquois, since known as the Five Nations of New York.
San Francisco
The Palace Hotel at San Francisco is, I believe, the largest in the world. The largest, but by no means the ugliest, as I had expected to find. It is a vast quadrilateral building, seven or eight stories high, but in fair proportions.
The Chesapeake Bay
The Chesapeake Bay, ten leagues broad, and four, five, six, and even seven fathoms deep, flows gently between its shores. It abounds in fish when the season of the year is favourable. A more beautiful body of water you can scarcely find.
This great city of Temixtitan, Mexico is situated on this salt lake, and from the mainland to the denser parts of it, the distance is two leagues. There are four avenues or entrances to the city, all of which are formed by artificial causeways.
St. Augustine
The name of St. Augustine was given, in the usual manner of the early voyagers, because they had arrived upon the coast on the day dedicated in their calendar to that eminent saint of the primitive church.
But if Chicago has her lake to redeem her, Denver has her mountains. No city can be wholly unpleasing where you can look up from a street of railway ticket-offices and mining agencies to see a great mountain filling the end of the vista.
Lake George
So admirably attuned are all the elements of beauty in the scenery of Lake George, that on our first acquaintance with the region we could scarcely imagine it ever to appear under a different aspect than the sunny phase in which we then saw it.
Plymouth Rock
The narrow peninsula, sixty miles long, which terminates in Cape Cod, projects eastwardly from the mainland of Massachusetts, in shape resembling the human arm bent rectangularly at the elbow and again at the wrist.
Fort Niagara
Fort Niagara is in the State of New York, and stands on a point of land at the mouth of the Niagara River.
The Mississippi River
The first Europeans who are certainly known to have discovered and explored the Mississippi river, were two Frenchmen, Father Marquette and M. Joliet, in the year 1673.
Chicago believes that her parks are unsurpassed in the world, and certainly they will be prodigiously fine—when they are finished. Broad drives and winding alleys, ornamental trees, banks and beds of flowers and flowering shrubs, lakes, and ornamental bridges, and turf that cools the eye under the fiercest noon—you bet your life Chicago's got them all.
Boston Harbor
It was Sunday, the 28th day of November, 1773, when there sailed into Boston Harbour the English merchant ship Dartmouth, laden with chests of tea belonging to the East India Company.
The country between Burgoyne's position at Saratoga and that of the Americans at Stillwater was rugged, and seamed with creeks and water-courses. But, after great labour in making bridges and temporary causeways, the British army moved forward.
Sault Ste. Marie
The St. Mary's River, which separates the upper peninsula of Michigan from Canada, and connects Lake Huron with Lake Superior, is sixty-three miles long, and is probably the most difficult of navigation on the continent.
A Daughter of Liberty, in Boston, privately notified Samuel Adams and John Hancock, who had withdrawn from Boston and were residing in Lexington, that within a few days the troops would leave the town, but the object of the expedition was not ascertained.
San Salvador
The island where Columbus had thus, for the first time, set his foot upon the New World, was called by the natives Guanahané. It still retains the name of San Salvador, which he gave to it, though called by the English Cat Island.
West Point
A steam ferry-boat connects West Point with the Garrison Station of the Hudson River Railway opposite. Near the latter is the old ferry-place of the Revolution, where troops crossed to and from West Point.
The Acquisition Of Louisiana
Know, that, having been requested by the said Sieur de la Salle to deliver to him an act, signed by us and by the witnesses therein named, of possession by him taken of the country of Louisiana, near the three mouths of the River Colbert, in the Gulf of Mexico, on the 9th of April, 1682.
Lee, at the opposite entrance to Gettysburg, had arrived on the first, in season to watch from Seminary Ridge the new position which his flying foe was taking. His mind was not yet made up to fight an offensive battle.
St. Anthony And Minnehaha
A drive of less than fifteen minutes from Fort Snelling, in the direction of St. Anthony, brings the tourist to a waterfall that makes a lifetime impression.
Newport occupies the southwest corner of the island upon which the little state of Rhode Island, of which it forms a considerable part, was named. To the old aboriginal occupants the region was known as Aquidneck, Aquitneck, or Aquethneck.
The Plains Of Abraham
Great preparations are making, throughout the fleet and army, to surprise the enemy, and compel them to decide the fate of Quebec by a battle.
The French early saw that the Detroit River was a miniature Straits of Gibraltar to all the water that lay beyond, and, as far back as 1701, established there its most important western station.
The Alamo Henry Bruce
The Alamo was an old Franciscan Mission, dating from the beginning of the Eighteenth Century. It was surrounded by walls three feet thick, and eight feet high. It covered, altogether, an area of nearly three acres.
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