"I have crossed the Atlantic four times, and have been once to the East Indies, and back again; and only once, besides being in different places about home -- Cork, and Lisbon, and Gibraltar. But I never went beyond the Straights -- and never was in the West Indies. We do not call Bermuda or Bahama, you know, the West Indies."


Cork, Ireland
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Mrs Croft regards this as a modest list, but it would have been very exotic to all the women listening: Cork in Ireland, Lisbon in Portugal on the west coast of Europe, and Gibraltar, which divides Spain and Morocco. 

Lisbon, Portugal
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Bermuda, an island not far off the eastern seaboard of the United States, had been a British territory for about two hundred years when Mrs. Croft speaks about her travels.  And the Bahamas, made up of dozens of islands, are situated roughly between Cuba and the United States.


Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeGibraltar - Credit: Ian Monroe