The Golden Chersonese and the Way Thither - Isabella Lucy Bird

The Golden Chersonese and the Way Thither

  • Release Date: Jan 1st, 1904
  • Genre: Travel & Adventure
  • Available File Format: PDF - ePUB - KINDLE - MOBI - AZW
  • File Size: 3 MB

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This is a travel book. CANTON and Saigon, and whatever else is comprised in the second half of my title, are on one of the best beaten tracks of travelers, and need no introductory remarks. But the GOLDEN CHERSONESE is still somewhat of a terra incognita; there is no point on its mainland at which European steamers call, and the usual conception of it is as a vast and malarious equatorial jungle, sparsely peopled by a race of semi-civilized and treacherous Mohammedans. In fact, it is as little known to most people as it was to myself before I visited it; and as reliable information concerning it exists mainly in valuable volumes now out of print, or scattered through blue books and the Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Singapore, I make no apology for prefacing my letters from the Malay Peninsula with as many brief preliminary statements as shall serve to make them intelligible, requesting those of my readers who are familiar with the subject to skip this chapter altogether. The Aurea Chersonesus of Ptolemy, the 'Golden Chersonese' of Milton, the Malay Peninsula of our day, has no legitimate claim to an ancient history. The controversy respecting the identity of its Mount Ophir with the Ophir of Solomon has been 'threshed out' without much result, and the supposed allusion to the Malacca Straits by Pliny is too vague to be interesting.

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