State of the Union Addresses of James Polk

State of the Union Addresses of James Polk

Dorothy Leigh Sayers

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The importance of California in relation to the control of the Pacific was early recognized by the great European powers, some of whom had but small respect for the Bull of Pope Alexander VI dividing the New World between Spain and Portugal. England, France, and Russia sent repeated expeditions into the Pacific. In 1646 the British Admiralty sent two ships to look in Hudson's Bay for a northwest passage to the South Sea, one of which bore the significant name of California. The voyage of Francis Drake, 1577-1580, was a private venture, but at Drake's Bay he proclaimed the sovereignty of Elizabeth, and named the country New Albion. Two hundred years later (1792-1793) Captain George Vancouver explored the coast of California down to thirty degrees of north latitude (Ensenada de Todos Santos), which, he says, "is the southernmost limit of New Albion, as discovered by Sir Francis Drake, or New California, as the Spaniards frequently call it." Even after the occupation and settlement by the Spaniards, so feeble were their establishments that, as Vancouver reports to the Admiralty, it would take but a small force to wrest from Spain this most valuable possession. But though the growing feebleness of Spain presaged the time when her hold upon America would be loosened, the standard of individual heroism was not lowered, and the achievements of Portolá and of Anza rank with those of De Soto and Coronado. The California explorer did not, it is true, have to fight his way through hordes of fierce natives. The California Indians, as a rule, received the white adventurers gladly, and entertained them with such hospitality as they had to offer, but the Indians north of the Santa Barbara Channel were but a poor lot. In a country abounding in game of all kinds, a sea swarming with fish, a soil capable of growing every character of foodstuff, these miserable natives lived in a chronic state of starvation.
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    (Oxford 1893 - Londra 1957) scrittrice inglese. Fu una delle prime donne laureate a Oxford; divenne una notissima autrice di romanzi polizieschi negli anni Venti, ed è tuttora considerata uno dei migliori scrittori in questo particolare genere letterario, cui dedicò anche un saggio famoso, l’Omnibus del delitto (The Omnibus of crime, 1929). Della sua attività di letterata, è da ricordare la traduzione della Divina Commedia. Tra i polizieschi, che hanno quasi tutti come protagonista l’investigatore dilettante Lord Peter Wimsey, si ricordano: Il gatto dagli occhi verdi (Clouds of witness, 1927); Bellona Club (The unpleasant of Bellona Club, 1928); Lord Peter e l’altro (Murder must advertise, 1933). Approfondisci
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