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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 647 pages of information about A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels Volume 01.

[66] Very considerable freedoms have been taken with this sentence; as in
    Barrington’s translation it is quite unintelligible.—­E.

[67] Profent and Profent sea, from the Provincia Gallica, now Provence. 

[68] Probably in relation to Rome, the residence of Orosius.—­E.

[69] Gascony, called Wascan in the Teutonic or Saxon orthography and
    pronunciation.  Thus the Saxons changed Gauls to Wales, and the Gauls
    changed War-men into Guer-men, hence our modern English, Germans. 

[70] Scotland is here assuredly used to denote Ireland.—­E.

[71] Probably in relation to Rome, the residence of Orosius.—­E.

[72] Alfred includes the whole island, now called Great Britain, under one
    denomination of Brittannia, taking no notice whatever of any of its
    divisions.  Orcadus is unquestionably Orcades, or the islands of Orkney
    and Shetland.—­E.

[73] The Thila or Thule of Alfred, from its direction in respect of
    Ireland, and its great distance, is obviously Iceland.—­E.

[74] This seems to have some obscure reference to an idea, that the sea had
    disjoined Europe and Africa.  But the sense is extremely perplexed and
    even unintelligible.—­E.

[75] It must be noticed, that Alfred was unacquainted with any more of
    Africa than its northern coast, along the Mediterranean, which
    explains this erroneous idea of its size being inferior to Europe.—­E.

[76] Syrenaica.—­E.

[77] The Red Sea, or Ethiopic Gulf.  In this part of the geography of
    Alfred, his translator has left the sense often obscure or
    contradictory, especially in the directions, which, in this version,
    have been attempted to be corrected.  This may have been owing to
    errors in the Anglo-Saxon MS. which Barrington professes to have
    translated literally, and he disclaims any responsibility for the
    errors of his author.—­E.

[78] Probably some corruption of Syrtes Majores, or of Syrenaica.—­E.

[79] Tripolitana, now Tripoli.—­E.

[80] I can make nothing of this salt lake of the Arzuges, unless it be the
    lake of Lawdeah, between Tunis and Tripoli.  The Getulians and
    Garamantes are well known ancient inhabitants of the interior of
    northern Africa; the Natabres are unknown.—­E.

[81] The Garamantes are a well known people of the interior of Africa, in
    ancient geography; of the Natabres I can make nothing; the Geothulas
    are evidently the Getulians.—­E.

[82] Probably the same called just before the Malvarius, and now the Malul. 
    But the geographical description of Africa by Alfred, is so desultory
    and unarranged as to defy criticism.—­E.

[83] Alfred may possibly have heard of the Monselmines who inhabit the
    north-western extremity of the Sahara, or great African desert, and
    extend to the Atlantic.—­E

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