Indian astrono mers found apt pupils there among the Arabs; the works of 1 R.
De Kerguelen-Tremarec, Relation de deux voyages dans les mers australes (Paris, 1782); Narratives of the Voyages of Captain Cook and the "Challenger" Expedition; Phil.
The Spaniards took Mers-el-Kebir (1505), Oran (1509), and Bougie and Tripoli (151o).
In the end, the only towns the Spaniards retained on the Algerian coast were Oran and Mers-el-Kebir.
The triangular peninsula lying between these two great tidal rivers is called Entre-deux-mers ("between two seas") and is famous for its wines.
Montero y Vidal, Historia general de Filipinas (3 vols., Madrid, 1887-1895); Juan de la Concepcion (1724-1787), Historia general de Philipinas (14 vols., Manila, 1788-1792), Gaspar de San Agustin (1650-1724), Conquistas de las islas Philipinas (2 vols., Valladolid, 1890); Le Gentil, Voyage dans les mers de l'Inde (Paris, 1781); F.
The Gironde viticultural region is divided into six main districts, namely, Medoc, Sauternes, Graves, Cotes, Entre-deux-Mers and Palus.
The Entre-deux-Mers district forms a peninsula between the Garonne and Dordogne, comprising the arrondissements of La Reole, the south of Libourne and the east of Bordeaux.
Four miles west of Oran a small promontory forms the harbour of Mers-el-Kebir, formerly a stronghold of the Barbary pirates.
A road along the east coast, cut for the most part out of the solid rock, connects Oran and Mers-el-Kebir.
Attempts have been made to identify Oran with the Quiza, and Mers-el-Kebir with the Portus Magnus, of the Romans.
There are, however, no Roman ruins at Oran or at Mers-el-Kebir.
The aboriginal tribe of Mers are divided between Hindus and Mahommedans.
Under the influence of these refugees the legitimate trade of the town gave place to piracy, Mers-el-Kebir becoming the stronghold of the pirates.
Mers-el-Kebir fell into their hands on the 23rd of October 1505, and Oran in May 1509.