The Mediterranean

A Compendious Geographical Dictionary containing a Description of Every Remarkable Place in Europe, African, Asia and America etc by B. P. Capper (1813):

The Mediterranean is the name of the sea between Asia, Africa and Europe communicating with the ocean by the Straits of Gibraltar and with the Black Sea by the Dardanelles and the Sea of Marmora and the Straits of Constantinople. Its name signifying "Middle of the Earth" was given to it by the ancients who were then acquainted with little more than the surface of the globe than the regions which encompass it. The ancients called it the Hesperian Sea by reason of its western situation. The scriptures call it the Great Sea in opposition to the Sea of Galilee. It is parted from the Atlantic Ocean by the Straits of Gibraltar; and from the Propontis by the Dardanelles. It has Europe on the North , Africa on the South Asia on the West and the Straits of Gibraltar on the West. There is little or no tide perceptible in this sea saving at some few places on the shore of the continent. Between Negropont and Greece the tide flows regularly 12 times in 24 hours for a fortnight during every moon.

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 Chapter 8 
"Ah! those were pleasant days when I had the Laconia! How fast I made money in her! A friend of mine and I had such a lovely cruise together off the Western Islands. Poor Harville, sister! You know how much he wanted money: worse than myself. He had a wife. Excellent fellow! I shall never forget his happiness. He felt it all so much for her sake. I wished for him again the next summer, when I had still the same luck in the Mediterranean.

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