Your search returned 341 results in 77 document sections:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Verrazzano, Giovanni da 1508- (search)
Verrazzano, Giovanni da 1508- Navigator; born near Florence, Italy, in 1470; went to France as a navigator as early as 1508. He became a bold corsair, and a terror to the merchant-ships of Spain and Portugal, seizing many vessels. In 1522 he te that he entered the bays of Delaware, New York, and Narraganset, and the harbor of Boston. In the Strozzi library at Florence is preserved a cosmographic description of the coasts and all the countries which he visited, from which it is evident herica sent out under royal auspices, was, like Columbus, who sailed in the service of Spain, an Italian. He was born in Florence, and was about ten years old when Columbus discovered America. It has been stated, but on doubtful authority, that he c Hakluyt for his Divers voyages, which appeared in 1582. The other was found many years later in the Strozzi Library at Florence, and was first published in 1841 by the New York Historical Society, with a translation by Dr. J. G. Cogswell. This is
he hearing of the ignitegium. Pope Calixtus III. ordered the bell to be rung at noon also, to drive away a dreadful comet and the Turks. In due time the comet left, by which the faith of the people in bells was much strengthened, no doubt. The Turks, under Mahomet II., who had captured Constantinople a few years previously, were, however, long the bane of that corner of Europe, and are yet. We find distinct notices of chimneys about the middle of the fourteenth century, at Venice, Florence, and Padua. Francesco de Carraro, lord of Padua, came to Rome in 1368, and finding no chimneys in the inn where he lodged, because at that time fire was kindled in a hole in the middle of the floor, he caused two chimneys, like those which had been long used in Padua, to be constructed and arched by masons and carpenters whom he had brought along with him. Over these chimneys, the first ever seen in Rome, he affixed his arms, which were remaining in the time of Gataro (the narrator), who
e of a piano-forte. Harpoon-rocket. The harpsichord is believed to have been first made by Hans Rucken, in Germany, about 1510. Used in public festivals in Italy, 1522. Improved by Vincentino, 1555. Vertical form invented by Rigoli of Florence, 1620. Pepys, in his Diary (1661), speaks of the harpsichon at Captain Allen's house, where he saw his dear Mrs. Rebecca. The spinet was a similar instrument with one wire for each note, and, like the harpsichord, was played with quills ons; the favorite of Bach and of Mozart. The hammer-harpsichord is referred to in the Giornale d'italia, 1711, and was the First pianoforte, though the name was not given till about fifty years afterwards. It was the invention of Cristofori of Florence; the improvement consisting mainly in pivoted hammers, which were struck by jacks on the keys, and retired immediately from the strings. See piano-Forte. The pedals were invented by Loeschman. The double-harpsichord had two sets of keys
y night be read by the whole people; after approval, they were permanently engraved on bronze and deposited in the Capitol, where a large collection was melted upon the occasion of the conflagration occasioned by that edifice being struck by lightning. The Cretans also used bronze records. Among the ancient inscriptions on bronze yet extant are the Scriptum de Bacchanalibus, Imperial Library; Trajan's Tabula Alimentaria ; the helmet found at Cannae with Punic letters, in the museum at Florence, and various others in the Italian museums, containing inscriptions in Etruscan and Latin. A deed for land, engraved on copper in Sanscrit characters and bearing date about 100 B. C., was dug up at Mongheer in Bengal. The grantor was a Bideram Gunt. Pliny informs us that such documents were rolled up like a cylinder. Two letters are still preserved which passed between Pope Leo III. and Luitbrand, king of the Longobards. Montfaucon notices an ancient book composed of eight leaves
Oliver Otis Howard, Autobiography of Oliver Otis Howard, major general , United States army : volume 2, Chapter 66: Italy and Switzerland (search)
g the Civil War. I had seen so much of her then that I was glad to meet the noble lady again. Her Italian home was near Florence. She seemed well and contented, though kept abroad by order of her physician, who forbade a sea voyage. Perhaps there mpanied by Mrs. Harris, Dr. McMorris, and Miss Kate Field. It was a picturesque, hilly country all the way from Rome to Florence. After a good night's rest we began our rambles in that renowned city. The cathedral, that every tourist has seen, I ft was like meeting the picture of a well-known friend. Later we visited the house which was said to be his home when in Florence. We also delighted our eyes with the home of Michael Angelo. Indeed, there was nothing remarkable about it except the feeling we had that it was where Michael Angelo had lived. The most interesting things to me in Florence were those in line of record about Savonarola. Our visit extended to what is called St. Mark's Square, and particularly St. Mark's Church wh
the whole of our adventures in Southern Italy. We left it with regret, and I will tell you some time by word of mouth what else we saw. We went by water from Naples to Leghorn, and were gloriously seasick, all of us. From Leghorn we went to Florence, where we abode two weeks nearly. Two days ago we left Florence and started for Venice, stopping one day and two nights en route at Bologna. Here we saw the great university, now used as a library, the walls of which are literally covered withFlorence and started for Venice, stopping one day and two nights en route at Bologna. Here we saw the great university, now used as a library, the walls of which are literally covered with the emblazoned names and coats of arms of distinguished men who were educated there. Venice. The great trouble of traveling in Europe, or indeed of traveling anywhere, is that you can never catch romance. No sooner are you in any place than being there seems the most natural, matter — of — fact occurrence in the world. Nothing looks foreign or strange to you. You take your tea and your dinner, eat, drink, and sleep as aforetime, and scarcely realize where you are or what you are seeing.
Charles E. Stowe, Harriet Beecher Stowe compiled from her letters and journals by her son Charles Edward Stowe, Chapter 15: the third trip to Europe, 1859. (search)
magine the greetings, the kissing, laughing, and good times generally. From Lausanne the merry party traveled toward Florence by easy stages, stopping at Lake Como, Milan, Verona, Venice, Genoa, and Leghorn. At Florence, where they arrived earlyFlorence, where they arrived early in November, they met Fred Stowe and his friend, Samuel Scoville, and here they were also joined by their Brooklyn friends, the Howards. Thus it was a large and thoroughly congenial party that settled down in the old Italian city to spend the wintm are the following, that not only throw light upon their mode of life, but illustrate a marked tendency of her mind:-- Florence, Christmas Day, 1859. My dear husband,--I wish you all a Merry Christmas, hoping to spend the next one with you. Fr Henry with you, and, above all, the vibration of that mysterious guitar, was very pleasant to me. Since I have been in Florence, I have been distressed by inexpressible yearnings after him, such sighings and outreachings, with a sense of utter dark
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 15: marriage and motherhood. (1847-1850.) (search)
ou are no doubt aware, some months at Rieti, whence she removed to Florence, where she resided until her ill-fated departure for the United Stome for the summer. She was absent from June to October, visiting Florence, Bologna, Venice, Milan, the Italian lakes, and Switzerland. In Oen printed:-- At once. Ossoli, Margaret, and the child went to Florence. Rome was shut upon them, and they had some difficulty in getting a permission to remain even in Florence. (Mr. Greenough interested himself to get this for them.) After this we never saw them; some letterssuch as her life had known but few. I look back upon those days in Florence as the peacefullest she had ever known; in them she had sweet commdeclaring it at the time it occurred. Margaret is now living in Florence; their future is rather dark in a pecuniary point of view, as the t, as she feared, beyond recovery, so that she at once took him to Florence, where he has regained his health. Mr. Ossoli does not speak En
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 17: closing scenes. (search)
e church, or picture-gallery or museum, almost always taking him. Ms. Compare Memoirs, II. 307. This was written in Florence, where they took up their residence after the entrance of the French army into Rome. She busied herself with her historould be bestowed. I am sure if Jesus Christ had given, it would not have been little crosses. There is snow all over Florence, in our most beautiful piazza. Santa Maria Novella, with its fair loggia and bridal church, is a carpet of snow, and th. This was soon so plain that nothing stood in the way but the obstacles which she thus reported to her brother :-- Florence, 24th February, 1850. I hoped by this time to say decisively when I [shall] come home, but do not yet know, we not beon of going with her friend, Mrs. Mozier, to see it; they were much pleased with Captain Hasty and his wife, who came to Florence and spent a few days, as visitors, with Mrs. Mozier. Yet at the very last moment the feeling of foreboding recurred, an
have spared no pains to make this as nearly as possible a model building for manufacturing purposes. Practically fireproof, it is built on two sides of a square, with a frontage of two hundred feet on each street and a depth of seventy feet, with a power-house, in addition to the main building, in the rear. The structure is of brick five stories high, with brown-stone trimmings, the whole surmounted by a terra-cotta statue of Athena, made especially for this building by Siligardi, of Florence, Italy. Any one approaching the city by way of the West Boston Bridge is forcibly impressed with the noble proportions and substantial character of this building. In designing and equipping the plant, not only has the closest attention been made to the requirements of manufacturing in the most economical manner, but the health and comfort of the employees have been constantly kept in view. Fresh air warmed over steam coils is forced through the building by means of an enormous fan, and th
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8