TODAY IN HISTORY: THE SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE

In 1821, the SF area became part of Mexico. Mexico ceded the territory to the US in 1848. The Gold Rush raised the population from 1,000 in 1848 to 25,000 in 1849. Crews on arriving vessels rushed off to gold fields, leaving behind a forest of masts of 500+ ships in SF harbor. Some were used as storeships, saloons, and hotels; many were left to rot and some were sunk to establish title to the underwater lot. Read more...

AN ISLAND ON RED ALERT! CRUISE SHIPS COMING TO RESCUE!

St Vincent is an island in the Caribbean and largest of the country St Vincent and the Grenadines. It is made up of 32 islands. La Soufrière, meaning Sulphur Mine in French, is an active volcano and imminent' for eruption. Read more...

SRI LANKA when it was still called CEYLON (1726)

This Dutch map of Sri Lanka titled 'Nieuwe Kaart van het Eyland Ceylon' shows old Dutch fort town/harbour of Galle on the right and the islands Amsterdam, Leiden and Delft at the bottom left. The island Delft kept its name until today. A beautiful and detailed map. Read more...

ONE SOURCE OF HARASSMENTS IN AUSTRALIA

Of the 400 different species of parrots, almost 100 of these are almost extinct. Bartele Gallery has many of the old birds prints for sale. Read more...

From the days AUSTRALIA was NEW HOLLAND and CALIFORNIA was thought to be an ISLAND...

From the days AUSTRALIA was NEW HOLLAND and CALIFORNIA was thought to be an ISLAND... Read more...
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