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Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 1, Colonial and Revolutionary Literature: Early National Literature: Part I (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.), Chapter 1: travellers and explorers, 1583-1763 (search)
t. It is an accident of geography which gives American readers a valid claim upon Humphrey Gilbert and his precursors and successors who told their straightforward tales for Hakluyt or for the booksellers who issued the scores of thin pamphlets in which Londoners first read about the trans-Atlantic voyage. These were in their day only a few among the many pamphlets which entertained the frequenters of St. Paul's churchyard with experiences in odd covers of the Mediterranean or of the Indian Ocean, or along the Arctic route to Central Asia. They all shared in developing the British Empire and English literature. Martin Frobisher and North-West-Foxe beyond the polar circle, Thomas Hariot inside the Carolina sandspits, and Sir Richard Hawkins in the Gulf of Mexico are by this chance of geography given a place at the beginning of the annals of American literature, instead of sharing the scant notice allotted to their equally deserving contemporaries whom fate led elsewhere. The sam
James Russell Soley, Professor U. S. Navy, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 7.1, The blockade and the cruisers (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), Chapter 7: (search)
e way at St. Helena. At the Cape Semmes eluded him successfully; and the cruise of the Vanderbilt, from which so much had been expected, produced no substantial result. At the very time that the Alabama left the Cape and disappeared in the Indian Ocean, the United States sloopof-war Wyoming was cruising in the neighborhood of the Straits of Sunda, to protect the commerce passing over the great highway to the China Sea. Two days before the Alabama arrived in the Straits the Wyoming was lying ers over which this commerce passes lie within a belt not more than one hundred miles wide. The Alabama occupied this belt. Next she passed two months on the coast of Brazil. Thence she went to the Cape, near which the whole commerce of the Indian Ocean must pass. At the Cape again she remained about two months; but American shipmasters had by this time become cautious, and they gave the African coast a wide berth. From the Cape Semmes went to the Straits of Sunda, the gateway of the China
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 21. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.10 (search)
and men, to splice the main brace, a nautical proceeding much inveighed against by John B. Gough, Neal Dow, and other reformers. The Shenandoah was built of teak, an Indian wood. She had quarter-inch iron plating, as well as iron knees and stanchions. Of 1,60 tons, English register, 320 feet in length, and 32 in breadth, her average speed was thirteen knots, though, when entirely under sail, with propeller unshipped and sails up, she often outdid this. At one time sailing down the Indian ocean, she made for four consecutive hours the high average rate of eighteen knots. First visitors. The morning of October 29th was clear and bright, and was made memorable by our first visitors on board. The stranger showed chase, but quickly changed his mind when a hustling shot across his bows said, Do come and see us, the first of fifty pressing invitations. Of this vessel's complement of ten men, eight joined our crew. I will not stop to enumerate in detail, said Dr. McNulty, who
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 35. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The cruise of the Shenandoah. (search)
olland, who was the oldest man on the island, had been there twenty-five years and seemed to be the leading man among them. The island is about 37 degrees south latitude and 10 degrees west longitude. On December 29, while laying to in the Indian Ocean, after a heavy gale, which had lasted two days, and just before making sail, saw a trim bark running down towards us. As she passed she hoisted the United States flag and we fired a shot across her bow. She hove to and we sent a boat on board her to New York, but going out and encountering high west winds, lost light spars and returned to Liverpool. It was not tried again. The noble vessel was put up and sold to the Sultan of Zanzibar. She finally was lost on a coral reef in the Indian Ocean in 1879— fourteen years after the last Confederate flag was hauled down. [The flag of the Shenandoah, reverently preserved by the late Colonel Richard Launcelot Maury, C. S. A., son of Commissioner Matthew Fontaine Maury, was recently depos
e more unhappy Charles was wasting his strength in vain struggles against the liberties of his subjects,—the Dutch, a little confederacy, which had been struck from the side of the vast empire of Spain, a new people, scarcely known as possessed of nationality, had, by their superior skill, begun to engross the carrying trade of the world. Their ships were soon to be found in the harbors of Virginia; in the West Indian archipelago; in the south of Africa; among the tropical islands of the Indian Ocean; and even in the remote harbors of China and Japan. Already their trading-houses were planted on the Hudson and the coast of Guinea, in Java and Brazil. One or two rocky islets in the West Indies, in part neglected by the Spaniards as unworthy of culture, were occupied by these daring merchants, and furnished a convenient shelter for a large contraband traffic with the terra firma So great was the naval success of Holland, that it engrossed the commerce of the European Chap. VI.} natio
to the world. But in their European relations, the Netherlands were no more a great maritime power. They had opulent free ports in the West Indies, colonies in South America, Southern Africa, and the East Indies, with the best harbor in the Indian Ocean: their paths, as of old, were on the deep, and their footsteps in many waters. They knew they could be opulent only through commerce, and their system of mercantile policy was liberal beyond that of every nation in Europe. Even their coloniaand the Guianas; all Mexico and Central America; California, which had no bounds on the north; Louisiana, which came to the Mississippi, and near its mouth beyond it; Cuba, Porto Rico, and part of Hayti; and mid-way between the Pacific and the Indian Ocean, the Marianna and Philippine groups of isles; in a word, the countries richest in soil, natural products, and mines, and having a submissive population of nearly twenty millions of souls. In the midst of this unexampled grandeur of possession
hover about her commerce. We might slaughter whole hecatombs of Yankee rank and file, but, being mostly poor men and foreigners, their loss does not amount to a flea bite on the sensibilities of the nation. Touch the Almighty Dollar however, and the iron enters their soul. Perforate their pockets and you breach their hearts. And their pockets are their merchantmen afloat on every sea; there is the seat of their vitality, their sensibility, their soul, and when that is smitten, a universal pang cramps and collapses the whole Yankee nation. If, then, we must maintain the defensive line on land, let us at once, and with indomitable will and energy, assume the aggressive on the water. Let us attack New York, Boston and Philadelphia, on the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Indian ocean, and wherever a Yankee ship traverses the deep. Let private enterprise back up the Government in this, the most direct, the most practical and the most pungent method of making the North feel this war.
ys that the shooting of Gray, the mate of the Saxon, was purely accidental. That affair has caused great excitement here, and the testimony taken I have sent you in a newspaper printed here. Of course the other side of the story will be given in New York when the Saxon arrives there. It is high time that a war vessel should be stationed on this coast to watch the pirates. There is only one vessel at present to protect the whole coast of Brazil and the whole of South Africa and the Indian Ocean; and there is only one vessel east of the Straits of Sunda besides the old James town, which is useless in modern warfare. The "Alabama" in Eastern waters. By the arrival of the Cape mail, we learn that two vessels had arrived in Table Bay, at the end of December, with news of the Alabama. Captain Cato, of the Beautiful Star, reported that in passing the Straits of Sunda, on the 25th of October last, he was informed that the Alabama had passed Angler a day or two before. She ha
It leads from the port of Said, on the south coast of the Mediterranean Sea, to the port of Suez, on the Red Sea. Across the latter there is unrestricted passage to the Straits of Babelmandel, through which entrance is obtained to the great Indian Ocean, which washes the shores of Arabia, Persia, Hindoostan and the Burman Empire, and which furnishes passage by the Straits of Malacca to the Pacific Ocean, and along the whole Eastern coast by Siam, China and Japan, clear up to the Russian posses hitherto been accessible to Southern Europeans by passing out of the Mediterranean Sea, through the Straits of Gibraltar, and sailing down the entire western coast of Africa to the Cape of Good Hope, and then northwest to the entrance of the Indian Ocean at the Straits of Babelmandel. England, by its westerly position, had the easiest course to India and Continental Europe, by the natural obstacles to the voyage, were at disadvantages in prosecuting commerce with Southern India. But the open
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