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Identifier: comprehensivehis01beve Title: A comprehensive history of India, civil, military, and social, from the first landing of the English to the suppression of the Sepoy revolt; including an outline of the early history of Hindoostan Year: 1900 (1900s) Authors: Beveridge, Henry, 1837-1929 Subjects: Publisher: London, Blackie Contributing Library: Robarts - University of Toronto Digitizing Sponsor: University of Toronto


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Text Appearing Before Image: ; and an eastern,which, stretching beyond the limits supposed to be habitable, terminated in asandy desert.- Crude as these ideas are, so httle was done to correct or enlargethem, that when Alexander, dm-ing his celebrated expedition, first reached the AlexandersIndus, he mistook it for the Nile. Fortunately he took the most effectualmeans to undeceive himself, by fitting out a fleet, and giving the command ofit to Nearchus, who, after descending the river to its mouth in the ocean, con-tinued his coui-se westwards along the shores of the Arabian Sea, and finally Gladwins Aycen Akhery, vol. iii. p. 23, et scq., with its curious map, illustrative of Hindoo geography.» Herodotus, book iii. 97-106.--Vol. I. 1 - IIISTOTIY OF INDIA. arrived in tli(! Persian Gulf. AlexaTuler, ulio had acconipanicd .Nearclius inhis de-scent, afterwarrlH acconiplisliod the rest of the rliHtance overlandsuaoa ^^^^ o^^^t routes to India had thu« been simultaneously explored An a latHZIItg itDeO.liJt.. *f ST-

Text Appearing After Image: tASI Map of the JrMMOODEEP. natural consequence, regular intercom-se with it rapidly increased, and both itsfigure and dimensions began to be better understood. Ample evidence of thisis furnished by the works of Strabo and Ptolemy, and yet it cannot be denied,that with all their industry and sagacity, they have rather distorted than de-lineated India. The maritime portion, in particular, is miserably cm-tailed, andits characteristic projection, instead of forming the vertex of a triangle, is con- This map though sufficiently curious, could scarcely be made more intelligible by any amount ofexplanation. It is fanciful throughout, and all the attempts which have been made to find fixed localitiesfor Its cardinal points, and its ranges of mountains, have failed. The ocean surrounding Jummoodeep is the only one which looks like reality, because it is said to consist of salt water. The other six oceai.sbeyond it consist m succession of milk, milk curds, ghee or clarified butter, sugar-can


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