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Window on the Forth

by Malcolm Archibald

This thematic book introduces the history of the Firth of Forth, the gateway to the east of Scotland and Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city.

Chapters cover the glory days of Sir Andrew Wood and Great Michael, the â??greatest ship afloat’ as well as the day that shipwrecked Spaniards from the Armada called at Anstruther. There is a chapter on the doomed emigrant ships that carried optimistic Scots to tragedy in the New World and on invasion fleets that hovered off the coast. The fighting Leith smacks are mentioned, together with the German air force’s first attack on Great Britain – and their first losses as the Spitfires of 602, City of Glasgow and 603, City of Edinburgh squadron met them head on. There are whaling ships and fishing boats, great tea clippers with a Forth connection and the Leith built Sirius that was the first ship to cross the Atlantic under steam power alone.

The historical background to each of the Forth islands is covered, with tales of shipwreck and holy men, pirates and lighthouses, plague victims, grim prisons and a Jacobite fortress that held out against the Scottish Navy. The part played by Inchkeith in the Normandy landings, and the batteries that defended the Forth are mentioned, as well as the Battle of May Island and the German U-boats that infested the rugged seas. The Forth skies saw early hot air balloons and the airship that was first to cross the Atlantic, flying from Drem in Midlothian.

The characters are not neglected, with Alexander Selkirk, the original Robinson Crusoe and Samuel Greig, â??father of the Russian Navy’ featured; neither is John Paul Jones the Scottish born American seaman, and Reverend Shirra, his Kirkcaldy nemesis. The legendary ferry William Muir is also given her well-deserved slot in history.

Finally, there are the bridges – three of them now – each one a work of art and testimony to the skill of a different generation of engineers. The Forth Bridge, built by the Briggers, many of whom lost their lives; the Forth Road Bridge with its elegant span, and the new Queensferry bridge, due to open in 2017; a triple thrust across the Forth that was once known as the Scottish Sea.

NUMEROUS CORDOBAS: List with commentaries Ancient and current settlements Geographic sites Personalities Curiosities


There are many scattered Córdobas in the world. There are Córdobas of all kinds, from small ranches, to large metropolitan areas. Some are very famous for their long history, their economy or the titles that accompany its name. However, others are so humble, that almost go unnoticed.
There are Córdobas on three continents. Some of them can be found in the middle of the exuberant tropical vegetation. Others are in latitudes both north and south, near the limits of the areas considered habitable. Apart from these, others are found in a great variety of climates, with a great diversity of human activities. The names of many of them are written differently, as different ways of communicating exist. So, it is not just a matter of geography, it is also a matter of history, linguistics, anthroponymy, toponymy and heraldry.
But … how many Córdobas are there? It is difficult to know. There have been several attempts to count them and in each one, the number always increases. This is one more attempt, and like the previous ones, does not only intend to count them, but to awake the interest in the knowledge of their location, history and culture. So someday â?¦ someone can answer the question â?¦ Why are there so many?

The Final Challenge: The American Frontier 1804 – 1845

by Dale Van Every

One final push for the American peopleâ?¦

In this fourth and final volume of his monumental history of the frontier people of America, Dale Van Every describes the final push westward to the Pacific in a way that makes history come to life.

The story of this initial penetration of the Far West by such great figures as Lewis and Clark, the Astorians, and other hardy frontierspeople is one of the greatest and most inspiring in the whole American saga.

Praise for Dale Van Every:

“[Van Every] catches the spirit of the frontiersman as few writers have done” – Virginia Quarterly Review

“A powerful storyâ?¦ he pulls no punchesâ?¦ Van Every’s four-volume story promises to be a monumental achievement” – New Haven Register

“Dale Van Every takes the large view, tracing men and movements in a huge landscape showing how quickly the wilderness became a commonwealthâ?¦ it is an astonishing accomplishment” – Chicago Tribune

Dale Van Every (born 1896) turned out a number of volumes on American history, including a biography of Charles Lindbergh. Van Every was also a busy playwright in the 1920s; his Broadway offering Telling the World was filmed in 1929, whereupon the writer set up shop in Hollywood. His screenplays include the literary adaptations Trader Horn (1931) and Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932). In 1937, he shared an Oscar nomination for the film version of Kipling’sCaptains Courageous. In 1940, Dale Van Every produced the Paramount actioner Rangers of Fortunes, then returned to screenwriting, remaining in this field until 1957.

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