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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Giddings, Joshua Reed 1795-1864 (search)
rn in Athens, Pa., Oct. 6, 1795. His parents removed to Ohio, and in 1812 he enlisted in a regiment under Colonel Hayes, which was sent on an expedition against the Sandusky Indians. In 1826 he was elected to the Ohio legislature; in 1838 to the United States Congress. While still a young man Giddings was known to be an active abolitionist. In 1841 the Creole sailed from Virginia to Louisiana with a cargo of slaves who, on the voyage, secured possession of the vessel and put into Nassau, Bahama Islands. In accordance with British law these negroes were declared free men. The United States set up a claim against the British government for indemnity. Giddings offered a resolution in the House to the effect that slavery was an abridgment of a natural right, and had no effect outside of the territory or jurisdiction that created it; and that the negroes on the Creole had simply asserted their natural rights. Under the leadership of John Minor Botts, of Virginia, the House censured G
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), West Indies, (search)
West Indies, Islands discovered by Columbus; form a long archipelago reaching from Florida and Yucatan to the shores of Venezuela, South America, separating the open Atlantic from the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. Three great divisions are recognized in this archipelago: I. Greater Antilles: Cuba, Haiti, Porto Rica, and Jamaica. II Bahamas: Extending from about lat. 20° to 27° N., forming a British colonial possession, few inhabited; Nassau, on Providence Island, the capital. They form a barrier which throws the Gulf Stream upon the Atlantic coast of the United States, thus greatly modifying the climate of the Eastern United States and Northern Europe. Omitting the insignificant islets the Lesser Antilles are: Names.Possessors. III. Lesser Antilles. Leeward Isles. Virgin IslandsBritish, Danish, Spanish. AnguillaBritish. St. Christopher (St. Kitt's)British. St. MartinFrench, Dutch. St. BartholomewFrench. SabaDutch. St. EustatiusDutch. NevisBritish.