The Discoveries of Prince Henry the Naviagator: And Their Results; Being the Narrative of the Discovery by Sea, Within One Century, of More Than Half the World

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Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1877 - Africa - 326 pages
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Page 230 - If twelve years' hardship and fatigue ; if continual dangers and frequent famine ; if the ocean, first opened, and five times passed and repassed, to add a new world abounding with wealth to the Spanish monarchy ; and if an infirm...
Page 170 - They said further, that he was lord of all the mines, and that he had before the door of his palace a mass of gold just as it was taken from the earth, so large that twenty men could scarcely move it, and that the king always fastened his horse...
Page 233 - These murmurings and complaints were rung from his manly spirit by sickness and sorrow, and though reduced almost to the brink of despair by the injustice of the King, yet do we find nothing harsh or disrespectful in his language to the sovereign. A curious contrast is presented to us. The gift of a world could not move the monarch to gratitude; the infliction of chains, as a recompense for that gift, could not provoke the subject to disloyalty. The same great heart which through more than twenty...
Page ix - ... one man, whose name is all but unknown. The coasts of Africa visited — the Cape of Good Hope rounded — the New World disclosed — the seaway to India, the Moluccas and China laid open, the globe circumnavigated — and last, not least (for here I would take occasion to say that Mr. Major has made this subject peculiarly his own), Australia discovered. " Such were the stupendous results,
Page 296 - Australia discovered : such were the stupendous results of a great thought and of indomitable perseverance in spite of twelve years of costly failure and disheartening ridicule. Had that failure and that ridicule produced on Prince Henry the effect which they ordinarily produce on other men, it is impossible to say what delays would have occurred before these mighty events would have been...
Page ix - Such were the stupendous results," to use Mr. Major's words, " of a great thought and of indomitable perseverance, in spite of twelve years of costly failure and disheartening ridicule. Had that failure and that ridicule produced on Prince Henry the effect which they ordinarily produce on other men, it is impossible to say what delays would have occurred before these mighty events would have been...
Page 211 - the ships which sailed down the coast of Guinea might be sure of reaching the termination of the Continent by persisting in a course to the south; and that when they should arrive in the Eastern Ocean their best direction must be to inquire for Sofala and the Island of the Moon.
Page 241 - He died on the 25th of October, 1495, in the fortieth year of his age and the fourteenth of his reign. His successor, King Manoel, received the name of "The Fortunate," from his good fortune in succeeding to the throne of a sovereign who had won for himself the designation of "The Perfect Prince.
Page 208 - ... its size, the great ships which sailed on it, and of a civilised people around it who lived in stone houses equal to those of the Portuguese, and so forth. But, due allowance being made for exaggeration, we see in it the indication of a central lake of immense extent. On this map of Lopez was also laid down for the first time the great empire of Monomoezi or Uniamuezi, occupying its right position between the Victoria Nyanza and Lake Tanganyika. But I will not now dwell on the various claims...
Page 220 - Portugal," said Ferdinand Columbus, the son and biographer of the most illustrious navigator that the world has seen, — " it was in Portugal that the admiral began to surmise, that, if the Portuguese sailed so far south, one might also sail westward, and find lands in that direction.

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