Battle of Resaca de la Palma 9th May 1846
Battle of Palo Alto 8th. May 1846
There is no doubt whatever that Vespucci made a voyage in 1499-1500, along with Alonzo de Ojeda and the great pilot Juan[Pg 109] de la Cosa, but whether this may be styled his first or his second must be left to the intelligence of the reader, for the historians are at odds themselves, and it might seem presumptuous in the biographer to assume to decide.
In a pamphlet accompanying "the earliest known globe of Johann Schöner," made in 1515, the new region is described as the "fourth part of the globe named after[Pg 246] its discoverer, Americus Vespucius, who found it in 1497." Vespucci did not find it, and he never made the claim that he discovered more than is given in his letters; but this misstatement by another caused him to be accused of falsifying the dates of his voyages in order to rob Columbus of his desserts.
Routes of the discoverers
The United States in 1790
It is worth while for the reader to compare the treaty maps we give with what we have called the natural political map of Europe. The new arrangements do approach this latter more closely than any previous system of boundaries. It may be a necessary preliminary to any satisfactory league of peoples, that each people should first be in something like complete possession of its own household.
The Moslem Empire 750 AD
Haroun-al-Raschid died in 809. At his death his great empire fell immediately into civil war and confusion, and the next great event of unusual importance in this region of the world comes two hundred years later when the Turks, under the chiefs of the great family of the Seljuks, poured southward out of Turkestan, and not only conquered the empire of Bagdad, but Asia Minor also. Coming from the northeast as they did, they were able to outflank the great barrier of the Taurus Mountains, which had hitherto held back the Moslems. They were still much the same people as those of whom Yuan Chwang gave us a glimpse four hundred years earlier, but now they were Moslems, and Moslems of the primitive type, men whom Abu Bekr would have welcomed to Islam. They caused a great revival of vigour in Islam, and they turned the minds of the Moslem world once more in the direction of a religious war against Christendom.
The British Empire in 1815 consisted of the thinly populated coastal river and lake regions of Canada, and a great hinterland of wilderness in which the only settlements as yet were the fur-trading stations of the Hudson Bay Company, about a third of the Indian peninsula, under the rule of the East India Company, the coast districts of the Cape of Good Hope inhabited by blacks and rebellious-spirited Dutch settlers; a few trading stations on the coast of West Africa, the rock of Gibraltar, the island of Malta, Jamaica, a few minor slave-labour possessions in the West Indies, British Guiana in South America, and, on the other side of the world, two dumps for convicts at Botany Bay in Australia and in Tasmania.
Overseas Empires of European Powers, 1914
Map of Europe, 1848-1871
France at the Close of the 10th Century
Europe, 500 A.D.
Europe in the Time of Charles V
Europe in 1714
Europe at the Fall of Constantinople
Europe at the Death of Charlemagne
Europe and Asia, 1200
Europe after the Congress of Vienna
England, 878 A.D
England, 640 A.D.
Empire of Timurlane
Empire of Otto the Great
Empire of Jengis Khan, 1227
Comparative Maps of Asia
(a) as part of hemisphere
(b) on Mercators projection to show relative sizes of Asiatic Russia and India in the two cases.
Chief Foreign Settlements in India, 17th Century
Central Europe, 1648
Britain, France, and Spain in America, 1750
Boston in 1775
Arabia and Adjacent Countries
American Colonies, 1760
Africa in the Middle of 19th Century
Travels of Marco Polo
Wars of the Greeks and Persians (Map)
The World According to Eratosthenes, 200 B.C.
The Western Mediterranean, 800-600 B.C.
The Spread of Buddhism
Drawing of Jamestown
Map of England showing the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms and Danish Districts
It was a desperate undertaking. There were 10,000 men, and the width of the river at the point of crossing was nearly a mile. It would seem hardly possible that such a movement could, in a single night, be made without discovery by the British troops, who were lying in camp but a short distance away. The night must have been a long and anxious one for Washington, who stayed at his post of duty on the Long Island shore until the last boat of the retreating army had pushed off. The escape was a brilliant achievement and saved the American cause.
Map of Louisiana Purchase; also United States in 1803.
Map of the United States showing the Southern Confederacy, the Slave States that did not Secede, and the Territories.