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Thanks for the input guys. I am pretty sure that the route was along the west coast of Africa, and that on at least one trip I found there was at least one stop at the Canary Islands. And I have read of a stop at an island of Equatorial Guinea, both stops enabling the ship to take on board supplies and water. What I am not sure of was whether there were ...


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Sometimes it is best to look for specific examples. When I see mention of ships heading to young colonies I go to genealogy sites to look for information. The Geni site has a list of British Ships to South Africa in the 1800's. The time frame you mention is a bit out of the main emmigrant wave in the late 1850s, but you can find a few examples from the 1840s....


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There are likely too many variables to imagine a single best route. However two key considerations must be kept in mind: Square-rigged and mixed-rigged vessels of the time struggled to point within 60 degrees of the wind - a much worse performance than the 45 degrees managed by modern racing yachts. Captains will do everything possible to avoid lengthy ...


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Writing this out somehow jogged my memory and I found him: Francisco de Miranda. From Wikipedia: "Miranda led a romantic and adventurous life in the general political and intellectual climate that emerged from the Age of Enlightenment that influenced all of the Atlantic Revolutions. He participated in three major historical and political movements of ...


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Everyone else has been saying that this is not a court dress. I disagree. I feel that to understand the dress you must understand the person wearing it. The portrait is of Nadezhda Polovtsova (patronymic Mikhailovna, surname based on the word June, Iyuneva Yianina) the bastard daughter of Mikhail Pavloviche, the brother of Emperor Nicholas I. She was left ...


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Can't tell from the uniform, but the rifle he is holding may be a clue. That appears to be a model 1873 trap door Springfield - the release handle for the trap door is barely visible forward of the hammer. This was a single shot breechloading rifle, adopted in 1873, and widely used by the Army until the adoption of the short lived Model 1892 Krag, and later ...


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