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The Isles of the Blest1 are on the extreme west of Maurusia,2 near where its shore runs parallel to the opposite coast of Spain; and it is clear he considered these regions also Blest, from their contiguity to the Islands.

1 The Isles of the Blest are the same as the Fortunate Isles of other geographers. It is clear from Strabo's description that he alludes to the Canary Islands; but as it is certain that Homer had never heard of these, it is probable that the passages adduced by Strabo have reference to the Elysian Fields of Baïa in Campania.

2 The Maurusia of the Greeks (the Mauritania of the Latins) is now known as Algiers and Fez in Africa.

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