The Streights

The Modern and Authentic System of Universal Geography containing and accurate and Entertaining Description of Europe, Asia, Africa and America etc ( 1807) by George Alexander Cooke

Gibraltar is a commodious port and formed naturally for commanding the entrance into the Mediterranean or Levant seas. The Straits are twenty-four miles long and fifteen broad; through which sets a current form the Atlantic ocean into the Mediterranean; and for the stemming of it a brisk gale is required.

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 Chapter 8 
"What a great traveller you must have been, ma'am!" said Mrs. Musgrove to Mrs. Croft.

"Pretty well, ma'am, in the fifteen years of my marriage; though many women have done more. I have crossed the Atlantic four times, and have been once to the East Indies and back again, and only once; besides being in different places about home: Cork, and Lisbon, and Gibraltar. But I never went beyond the Streights, and never was in the West Indies. We do not call Bermuda or Bahama, you know, the West Indies."


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