Australia, with Other Poems

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1824 edition. Excerpt: ...progress towards islets, most of them covered with beautiful verdure. Note 27, page 18, line 3. Where lie the lands so often lost and found. The Solomon Isles. These islands were first discovered in 1567 by Alonso de Mendana, who was sent on an expedition of discovery by the Viceroy of Peru. The inhabitants ornament their necks with little beads of gold, and the country is said to abound in that metal. The name was imposed upon these islands for the purpose of encouraging the belief that they were the same from whence Solomon procured the gold with which he adorned the temple at Jerusalem, and thereby inducing the Spaniards the more readily to go end settle there. However, on a second voyage for their discovery, Mendana could not find them. On this occasion, he fell in with Santa Cruz, now called Egmont Island; where he died, and was succeeded by Quiros. The search for the Solomon Isles was, however, abandoned; and they remained lost to Europeans for two centuries. They were again met with by Bougainville in 1768; by M. Surville in 1769, who named them 'the Archipelago of the Arsacides;' and by Lieutenant Shortland in 1788, who called them ' New Georgia.' They have regained the title originally given by Mendana; but very little is still known of them. Note 28, page 18, line 4. And where, so long in circling silence bound. New Caledonia was wholly unknown, till fallen in with by Cook, in 1774. Note 29, page 18, line 6. That roll their waves amid the Cyclades. The New Hebrides. Bougainville was the first who discovered that this land was not connected; but composed of islands, which he called " the Great Cyclades." Note 30, page 18, line 10. He wanders, screaming, to his desart shore. Kerguelen's Land, or the Island of Desolation. Note...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236654358
  • 9781236654359