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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Drake, Sir Francis, -1595 (search)
ate were engraved the portrait and arms of the Queen and the navigator. Then he sailed for the Molucca Islands. It is believed that Sir Francis Drake entered the Golden Gate of San Francisco Bay, and that near its shores the ceremony of his coronation took place. Fearing encounters with the Spaniards on his return with his treasure-laden vessels, Drake sought a northeast passage to England. Met by severe cold, he turned back, crossed the Pacific to the Spice Islands, thence over the Indian Ocean, and, doubling the Cape of Good Hope, reached England in November, 1580. The delighted Queen knighted Drake, who afterwards plundered Spanish towns on the Atlantic coasts of America; and, returning, took a distressed English colony from Roanoke Island and carried them to England. In command of a fleet of thirty vessels, in 1587, he destroyed 100 Spanish vessels in the harbor of Cadiz; and from a captured vessel in the East India trade the English learned the immense value of that trad
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Magellan, Ferdinando 1470- (search)
nt to Spain and persuaded the authorities there that the Molucca or Spice Islands, which they coveted, might be reached by sailing westward, and so come within the pope's gift of lands westward of the Azores (see Alexander VI.). Magellan was sent in that direction with five ships and 236 men. After touching at Brazil, Ferdinando Magellan. he went down the coast and discovered and passed through the strait which bears his name, calling it the Strait of the Eleven Thousand Virgins. He passed into the South Sea, discovered by Nuñez (Cabeza De Vaca), and, on account of its general calmness, he named it the Pacific Ocean. Crossing it, he discovered the Philippine Islands, eastward of the China Sea, where he was killed by the natives, April 17, 1521. The expedition was reduced to one ship. In that the survivors sailed across the Indian Ocean and around the Cape of Good Hope, and reached Spain, Sept. 6, 1522. That ship, the Victoria, was the first that ever circumnavigated the globe
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Terry, Silas Wright 1842- (search)
Terry, Silas Wright 1842- Naval officer; born in Kentucky, Dec. 28, 1842; appointed acting midshipman in the Naval Academy in 1858; was engaged in blockading service on the Atlantic coast in 1861-63; in the Mississippi squadron and on the Red River expedition in 1863-64; and was present during the naval operations at forts Fisher and Anderson, at the capture of Wilmington, and at the fall of Richmond. In January, 1882, while in command of the Marion, he rescued the crew of the bark Trinity, which had been wrecked on Heard Island, in the Indian Ocean, in 1880; and in February, while at Cape Town, saved the English ship Poonah from total loss by hauling her off the beach, for which he received the thanks of the government of both Cape Colony and Great Britain. He was assigned to the command of the Iowa in 1898; detached in September, 1899; appointed to the command of the navy-yard at Washington, D. C., March 24, 1900, and promoted rear-admiral on the 27th following.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), New York, (search)
he Mohawks......Jan. 15, 1693 Peter Schuyler, of Albany, pursues the French with English and Iroquois; they escape across the upper Hudson......February, 1693 Fort Frontenac rebuilt by the French......1694 Frontenac prepares a great expedition against the Iroquois; but only destroys three villages and some corn......1696 William Kidd, with the Adventure, of thirty guns, sails from New York with a crew of 155 men, commissioned as a privateer against the French, and pirates in the Indian Ocean......Sept. 6, 1696 [This was something of a private enterprise. Some noblemen of the English ministry invested £ 6,000 in the undertaking. Kidd and Robert Livingston of New York were to have one-fifth of the proceeds.] Richard Coote, Earl of Bellomont, appointed to succeed Governor Fletcher in 1695; commissioned, 1697, reaches New York......April 2, 1698 John Nanfan, a kinsman of Governor Bellomont, appointed lieutenant-governor......1698 Louis de Buade, Count de Frontenac,
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Verrazzano, Giovanni da 1508- (search)
the sea in all places, were noted in a little book, which may prove serviceable to navigators; they are communicated to your Majesty in the hope of promoting science. My intention in this voyage was to reach Cathay, on the extreme coast of Asia, expecting, however, to find in the newly discovered land some such an obstacle, as they have proved to be, yet I did not doubt that I should penetrate by some passage to the eastern ocean. It was the opinion of the ancients, that our oriental Indian ocean is one and without any interposing land; Aristotle supports it by arguments founded on various probabilities; but it is contrary to that of the moderns and shown to be erroneous by experience; the country which has been discovered, and which was unknown to the ancients, is another world compared with that before known, being manifestly larger than our Europe, together with Africa and perhaps Asia, if we rightly estimate its extent, as shall now he briefly explained to your Majesty. The S