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Names of Countries.

Europe signifies a countryypf whit 6 complexion, so named because tlie inhabi- ■ tants were of a lighter complexion, than those of Asia and Africa. Asia signifies between, or in the middle, from the fact that the geographers placed it between Europe and Africa.. . ! Africa signifies a land; of corn or ears. It was celebrated for its abundance of corn ' and all sorts of grain. „ j (| = . Siberia signifies thirsty, or dry—very appropriate. Spain a country of rabbits or conies. It was once so infested with these aninWq that it sued Augustus for an army, to >, destroy them. ! '-'J^iF^t r v Italy,' a country of pitch, from ite^yield* ing great quantities of blacky pitch. Calabria, also, for the same reaspn!,. : . & Gaul, modern France, signifiesc.yellow haired, as yellow hair characterised its inhabitants. , ' The English bf Caledonia is a high hill* This was a rugged mountainous province . in Scotland. '< U^ul'W \ Hibernia is utmost or last habitation,:/ for beyond this to the westward the ; Phoenicians never extended their voyages. Britain, the country of tin, great quantities being found on it and adjacent: . islands. The Greeks called it Albion, J which signifies in the Phoenician .'tongue, either white or high mountain, from'the whiteness of its shores, or the high rocks on the western coast. ." '-;V";] Corsica, a woody place. h Sardinia, signifies the footsteps of men^ which it resembles. Syracuse, bad flavour, so called from the : unwholesome marsh on which it stood. Rhodes, serpents or dragons, which are I produced in abundance. ' Sicily, *he country of grapes. Scylla^the whirlpool of destruction. ./Etna signifies a furnace, dark or smoky*

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Names of Countries., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2390, 1 April 1890

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Names of Countries. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2390, 1 April 1890

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