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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Submarine cables. (search)
legraph Co1337 Brazilian Submarine Telegraph Co.: Carcavellos, near Lisbon (Portugal), to Madeira, to St. Vincent (Cape Verde Island), to Pernambuco (Brazil)67,375 Central and South American Telegraph Co157,500 Compagnie Allemande des Cables Telegraphiques11,114 Compania Telegrafico-Telefonica del Plata128 Compania Telegrafico del Rio de la Plata.128 Cuba Submarine Telegraph Co41,049 Direct Spanish Telegraph Co4710 Direct West India Cable Co.: Bermuda-Turk's Island and Turk's Island-Jamaica21,280 Eastern and South African Telegraph Co138,907 Eastern Extension Australasia and China Telegraph Co2717,359 Eastern Telegraph Co.: Anglo-Spanish Portuguese System135,374 System West of Malta185,713 Italo-Greek System2253 Austro-Greek System1503 Greek System12699 Cables operated by private companies— Continued. CompanyNumber of Cables.Length of Cable in Nautical Miles. Carried forward 46 12,542 Turko-Greek System 4 578 Turkish System15 842 Egypto-European System 5 3,4
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), United States of America. (search)
oyage first printed in Latin......1493 He sails from Cadiz on his second expedition......Sept. 25, 1493 His fleet consisted of three galleons and fourteen caravels, with 1,500 men, besides animals and material for colonization; discovers the Caribbee Isles—Dominica, Nov. 3; Guadaloupe, Nov. 4; Antigua, Nov. 10; finding his previous settlement destroyed and colony dispersed, he founds Isabella in Hispaniola, the first Christian city in the New World......December, 1493 He discovers Jamaica, May 3; and Evangelista (now Isle of Pines) June 13; war with the natives of Hispaniola......1494 Visits various isles and explores their coasts......1495-96 Returns to Spain to meet charges; reaches Cadiz......June 11, 1496 Patent from Henry VII. of England to John Cabot and his three sons......March 5. 1495-96 John Cabot discovers the North American continent......June 24, 1497 Columbus sails with six ships on his third voyage, May 30; discovers Trinidad, July 31; lands on
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), New York, (search)
sland laid waste, 100 killed, 150 made prisoners, $76,000 of property destroyed......Sept. 15-20, 1655 Governor returns; prompt measures for defence......Oct. 12, 1655 Prisoners ransomed from the Indians......Oct. 26, 1655 Settlement of Jamaica, Long Island......March, 1656 New church at Beaverwyck (Albany)......June, 1656 Proclamation against the Quakers......1657 [Any person entertaining a Quaker for a single night to be fined £ 50, one-half to the informer, and vessels brin01 William III. of England dies......March 8, 1702 Queen Anne succeeds......702 Lieut.-Gov. John Nanfan acts as governor until the arrival of Edward Hyde, Lord Cornbury......May 3, 1702 Yellow fever in New York. General Assembly at Jamaica, L. I.......1702 Lord Cornbury prohibits Presbyterians from preaching without his license......1707 Lord Cornbury removed; succeeded by Lord Lovelace, who arrives......Dec. 18, 1708 Slave market established at the foot of Wall Street, N
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Vernon, Edward 1684-1757 (search)
and to silence it they sent Vernon to the West Indies, with the commission of viceadmiral of the blue. With six men-of-war he captured Porto Bello on the day after the attack (Nov. 23, 1739), the English losing only seven men. For this exploit a commemorative medal was struck, bearing an effigy of the admiral on one disk. and a town and six ships on the other. With twenty-nine ships-of-the-line and eighty small vessels, bearing 15,000 sailors and 12,000 land troops, Vernon sailed from Jamaica (January, 1741) to attack Carthagena, but was repulsed with heavy loss. Twenty thousand men perished, chiefly by a malignant fever. The admiral was afterwards in Parliament several years, and during the invasion of the Young Pretender in 1745 he was employed to guard the coasts of Kent and Suffolk; but soon afterwards, on account of a quarrel with the admiralty, his name was struck from the list of admirals. Lawrence Washington, a brother of General Washington, then a spirited young ma
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Colony of Virginia, (search)
portion of the members yearned for reconciliation with Great Britain, while others saw no ground for hope that the mother-country would be just. Among the latter was Patrick Henry. His judgment was too sound to be misled by mere appearances of justice, in which others trusted. The convention expressed its unqualified approbation of the proceedings of the Continental Congress, and warmly thanked their delegates for the part they had taken in it. They thanked the Assembly of the island of Jamaica for a sympathizing document, and then proceeded to consider resolutions that the colony should be instantly put in a state of defence by an immediate organization of the militia. This meant resistance, and the resolutions alarmed the more timid, who opposed the measure as rash and almost impious. Deceived by a show of justice on the part of Great Britain, they urged delay, for it was evident that the numerous friends of the colonists in England, together with the manufacturing interest,
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Wilkins, Isaac 1742-1830 (search)
Wilkins, Isaac 1742-1830 Clergyman; born in Withywood, Jamaica, W. I., Dec. 17, 1742; graduated at Columbia College in 1760; became a member of the New York colonial legislature in 1772. He supported England prior to the Revolutionary War, and owing to some political pamphlets which he wrote was forced by the Sons of Liberty to flee from the country in 1775. At the conclusion of the war he settled on Long Island, and afterwards studied theology, and was ordained in the Protestant Episcopal Church in 1801. He died in Westchester, N. Y., Feb. 5, 1830.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Willett, Mabinus 1740-1830 (search)
Willett, Mabinus 1740-1830 Military officer; born in Jamaica, L. I., July 31, 1740; graduated at King's College in 1775; he served under Abercrombie in the attack on Ticonderoga, and was with Bradstreet in the expedition against Fort Frontenac. He was one of the most conspicuous of Marinus Willett. the New York Sons of Liberty. In 1775 he entered McDougall's regiment as captain, and joined Montgomery in the invasion of Canada. After the capture of St. John he remained there, in command, until January, 1776, and was soon afterwards made lieutenant-colonel of the 3d New York Regiment. In May, 1777, he was ordered to Fort Stanwix, and assisted in its defence in August following, making a successful sortie to effect a diversion in favor of General Herkimer (see Oriskany, battle of). He bore a message, by stealth, to General Schuyler, which led to the expedition up the Mohawk Valley, under General Arnold, that caused the abandonment of the siege of Fort Stanwix. He joined the a
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Woodhull, Nathaniel 1722-1776 (search)
stic, Suffolk co., Long Island, N. Y., Dec. 30, 1722; served in the French and Indian War, and was colonel of a New York regiment under Amherst. In 1769 he was in the New York Assembly, and was one of the few in that body who resisted the obnoxious measures of the British Parliament. In 1776 he was president of the New York Provincial Congress. On the landing of the British on Long Island, he put himself at the head of the militia, with whom he fought in the battle of Long Island. A few days afterwards he was surprised by a party of British light-horsemen, near Jamaica, and, after surrendering his The House in which Woodhull died. sword, he was cruelly cut with the weapons of his captors, of which wounds he died at an ancient stone-house at New Utrecht, Long Island, Sept. 10, 1776. A narrative of his capture and death was published by Henry Onderdonk, Jr., in 1848. His own Journal of the Montreal expedition in 1760 was published in the Historical magazine in September, 1861.
ng in with Cape Maize during the night, and holding on to its very brilliant light until morning. The weather was clear, and the moon near her full, so that I had almost as good a view of the passage by night as by day. On the 5th of December, a prize ran into our arms, without the necessity of a chase. It was a Baltimore schooner called the Union, old, and of little value. She had, besides, a neutral cargo, properly documented, for a small town called Port Maria, on the north side of Jamaica. I transferred the prisoners of the Cooke to her, and released her on ransom-bond. My original orders were not to capture Maryland vessels, but that good old State had long since ceased to occupy the category in which our Congress, and the Executive had placed her. She was now ranged under the enemy's flag, and I could make no discrimination in her favor. On the next day the California steamer was due, and a very bright lookout was kept; a number of the young officers volunteering thei
f commerce, and lie as perdue as possible, until the damage could be repaired. For this purpose, I ran close in with the land, on the north side of the island of Jamaica, where, with the exception of an occasional fishing-boat, and a passing coasting sloop, nothing was to be seen. Mr. Freeman, my chief engineer, was a capital macor us to begin to think of running into the Gulf of Mexico, in pursuit of General Banks. Accordingly we put the ship under sail, and ran along down the island of Jamaica to the west end. Hence we stretched over into that other track of the California steamers, returning to the United States by the west end of Cuba; intending to fos, the entire day, scarcely varying a foot. I had accomplished my object, thus far, with perfect success. I had not sighted a sail since leaving the west end of Jamaica, which could report me, and had entered the Gulf of Mexico, by night, unseen of any human eye, on the land or the sea. On the day after entering the Gulf, we did
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