Lagoon Sentence Examples
There is a salt lake or lagoon between the Cape Palmas river and the vicinity of the Cavalla.
This lagoon forms a commodious harbour, once the bar has been crossed.
On the western side there is a large lagoon, separated from thesea by a spit of sand.
There is a beautiful, calm, incredibly bright lagoon.
The cutting of two canals, whereby communication is effected by lagoon between Assini and Grand Lahou via Bassam, followed the construction of the railway.Advertisement
The surrounding hills are covered with vines, and to the east there is an extensive salt lagoon.
Often, as has been said, the atoll is divided into a number of islets, but in some smaller atolls the ring is complete, and the sea-water gains access beneath the surface of the reef to the lagoon within, where it is sometimes seen to spout up at the rise of the tide.
Coxcoxtli used the help of the Aztecs against the Xochimilco people; but his own nation, horrified at their bloodthirsty sacrifice of prisoners, drove them out to the islands and swamps of the great salt lagoon, where they are said to have taken to making their chinampas or floating gardens of mud heaped on rafts of reeds and brush, which in later times were so remarkable a feature of Mexico.
Others are Sengekontacket Pond on the eastern coast; Lagoon Pond, which is practically an arm of Vineyard Haven Harbor; and, about a mile east of the Harbor, Chappaquonsett Pond.
Arcachon is situated on the southern border of the lagoon of Arcachon at the foot of dunes covered with splendid pine-woods.Advertisement
Farther west are the Tano and Bia rivers, which empty their waters into the Assini lagoon.
Recife is frequently called the "Venice of America"; it is at the mouths of the rivers Beberibe and Capibaribe which unite to form a small lagoon or bay inside the sea beach.
The capital, Praest&, is a small port on the inner lagoon of a bay of this name, on the east coast.
The torrent ran in a few hours to the sea, and formed that shallow or lagoon called by Pliny Subitum Vadum, which prevented the ships approaching the shores."
A serpent in a lagoon near Gimbo-Amburi in Africa could cure madness; another, which haunted an Algerian well, embodied the soul of a Mahommedan saint and could cure sore eyes.Advertisement
During the general advance of the sea, local warpings of the crust may have given rise to shallow lagoon or inland-lake conditions.
The lagoon has become very shallow in consequence of the silt brought down by the Mejerda.
The main lagoon waterway goes by the name of the Bum-Kittam river, and to the north opens into the Sherbro estuary.
The only deep indentations of the Portuguese littoral are the lagoon of Aveiro and the estuaries of the Minho, Douro, Mondego, Tagus, Sado and Guadiana, in which are the principal harbours.
The lagoon of Aveiro, the estuary of the Sado and the broad inland lake formed by the Tagus above Lisbon, recall the waterways of Holland.Advertisement
Between the Douro and Tagus the Vouga rises in the Serra da Lapa and reaches the sea through the lagoon of Aveiro; the Mondego flows north-east through a long ravine in the Serra da Estrella, and then bends back so as to flow west-south-west.
The Serra da Estrella has a rich alpine flora, and the lagoon of Aveiro contains a great number of aquatic plants.
Though differing on many points, they agree in thinking (I) that the island of Sphagia is the ancient Sphacteria, Palaeokastro the ancient Coryphasium or Pylos; (2) that in 425 B.C. the lagoon of Osman Aga was navigable and communicated by a navigable channel with the Bay of Navarino; (3) that Thucydides, if the MS. reading is correct, underestimates the length of the island, which he gives as 15 stades instead of 24 (nearly 3 m.), and also the breadth of the southern channel between it and the mainland.
Between the mouth of the Magdalena and Santa Marta is the Cienaga de Santa Marta, a large marshy lagoon separated from the sea by a narrow sand spit, having its "boca" or outlet at its eastern side.
The Knysna rises in the Uiteniquas hills and is of importance as a feeder of the lagoon or estuary of the same name, one of the few good harbours on the coast.Advertisement
The only railway of the state, the Dona Thereza Christina, runs from Laguna, at the mouth of a lagoon of that name on the southern coast, northward to the port of Imbituba (about 4 m.) and thence westward up the valley of the Rio Tubarao to the coal fields of that name (69 m.).
An opening on the northern side of the reef permits the entrance of vessels into the northern part of the lagoon, which forms a good harbour known as Port Refuge or Port Albion.
The island he found to be about a mile long, with a shallow enclosed lagoon, less than 3 ft.
The lagoon is slowly filling up and becoming cultivable land, but the rate of recovery from the sea has been specially marked since the eruption of Krakatoa, the pumice from which was washed on to it in enormous quantity, so that the lagoon advanced its shores from 20 to 30 yards.
Then the low and sandy character is resumed; the fine eastward sweep of Dundrum Bay is passed, the coast turns north again, and a narrow channel gives entry to the island-studded lagoon of Strangford Lough.
But the coasts are much hotter, especially on the western side, as is also the interior west of the highland region; and from the large amount of marsh and lagoon on the coasts, malarial fever is common and frequently fatal, both to Europeans and to natives from the interior.
The bay is divided into an outer part and an inner lagoon (the Back Strand) by a spit of sand, with a strait, crossed by a ferry at its eastern extremity.
A noteworthy feature of the Seistan lagoon is that in times of excessive flood it overspreads a vast area of country, both to the north and south, shutting off the capital of Seistan (Nusretabad) from surrounding districts, and spreading through a channel southwards, known as Shelag, to another great depression, called the Gaud-i-Zirreh.
North of Cape Palos a line of flat coast, beginning with the narrow strip which cuts off the lagoon called the Mar Menor from the Mediterranean, bounds half of the province of Alicante, but in its northern half this province, becoming mountainous, runs out to the lofty headland of Cape de Ia No.
On the arrival of his successor, Pietro Doria, with reinforcements, they appeared off the Lido, the outer barrier of the lagoon of Venice, in July, and in August they entered on a combined naval and military attack on the city, in combination with the Carrarese and the Hungarians.
The barrier here approaches close to the mainland, and the position facilitated the co-operation of the Genoese with the Carrarese and Hungarians, but Chioggia is distant from Venice, which could only be reached along the canals across the lagoon.
The Venetians had taken up the buoys which marked the fairway, and had placed a light squadron on the lagoon.
There appeared to be nothing to prevent the enemy from advancing to the city of Venice except the difficult navigation of the lagoon.
The heavy Genoese vessels were much hampered by the shallow water and intricate passages through the lagoon.
Between the 23rd and 25th of August he executed a succession of night attacks, during which he sank vessels laden with stores not only in the canals leading through the lagoon to Venice, but in the fairways leading from Chioggia to the open sea round both ends of the island of Brondolo.
The latter are hewn perpendicularly in the rock, while the Roman tombs are chambers excavated horizontally._ In the lagoon itself were found a large number of terra cottas, made of local clay, some being masks of both divinities and men (among them grotesques) others representing hands and feet, others various animals, and of amphorae of various sizes and other vases.
It lies near the head of a lagoon called Lake King, which is open to the sea, and affords regular communication by water with Melbourne.
The bumps occurred as an interruption of Dean's otherwise peaceful dream of Cynthia bathing in a misplaced Colorado lagoon, complete with palm treesâ€”altering the vision to something involving a Volkswagen driving down Bird Song's stairs.
In such circumstances, reactors with a large surface area and surface aerators are more appropriate, and lagoon systems are preferred.
The stiller waters of the inner lagoon are home to the rare starlet sea anemone.
Surrounded by the largest raised coral atoll on earth, this is a lagoon to remember.
A toxic blue-green algae and botulism have been suspected as well as polluted silt in the lagoon.
A raised boardwalk, through shady Pines, lead to hides overlooking a large lagoon.
We crossed safely, but the boat scraped the bottom of the lagoon at times as we crawled slowly along toward the hotel jetty.
There are also some small damaged coccoliths suggesting a lagoon environment.
There were good numbers of birds in the lagoon including 15 cormorants, 100 Oystercatchers, three Common Terns and six Sandwich Terns.
We all crammed back into our tin can to drive 30 seconds around the corner to the lagoon.
Widewater Salinity Page 31 December 2002 Six little dabchicks (=Little Grebes) are spotted repeatedly diving beneath the flooded Widewater Lagoon.
On the edges of Lagoon III there is a growing area of reeds, greatly enlarged by a major project in 2000.
Mike Taylor Typical Icelandic turf house spectacular steam geyser erupting Geographers take time out for a hot swim in the Blue Lagoon!
After the recent rain the the lagoon was in flood, covering the glasswort, Salicornia sp, completely.
The water salinity; The lagoon shows a unique salinity gradient from Smallmouth to Abbotsbury.
On the main lagoon, there only appeared to be Yellow-legged gulls on my visits.
It all gazes out on to a permanent lagoon inhabited by hippos that loll submerged, emitting plumes of water and deep guttural snorts.
Only separated from the sea by a narrow rim of land, the lagoon is filled with floating icebergs.
Crystal Silver, Astral Black and Sable body colors are available with red leather and Chili Red and Lagoon Blue with gray leather interior.
Lagoon Villas are one bedroom 2 story suites with private boat jetty 's built over the lagoon.
Visitors stay in a ranch in the rainforest overlooking a volcanic lagoon.
Each island is surrounded by a reef enclosing a shallow lagoon.
At least two Little Egrets were feeding in the flooded lagoon.
Not far from the other side we stopped beside a saltwater lagoon teeming with waders.
In particular, an oil tanker channel dug in the late 1960s cuts a deep wound across the shallow lagoon.
Islands of the lagoon A wonderful half day cruise around the Venetian lagoon discovering three of its most renowned islands.
Beautiful chankanaab lagoon port calls scheduled conquered there was tourists a year.
While the Mar Menor salt-water sea lagoon with its superb beaches, salt marshes and islands is only slightly further afield.
Drop straight into the shallow turquoise lagoon; the perfect Maldives holiday experience.
Here, the freshwater lagoon is a sanctuary for large numbers of coastal birds.
Laguna El Portil This is a large lagoon on the outskirts of Huelva where there is a convenient lay-by to park.
The Blue Lagoon & Reykjanes Peninsula Shaped like an outstretched leg, the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula forms Iceland's south west corner.
The Great Blue Hole lies within the Atoll's lagoon about 8km north of Half Moon Caye Natural Monument.
Teetering on the water's edge, overlooking the lagoon, this restored 14th-century, Gothic-style palazzo offers some seriously opulent surroundings.
With such a hectic itinerary, our stay at Coconut Lagoon was a welcome reprieve.
Is fresh seawater being allowed through the pipeline into the lagoon to maintain a high level?
The lagoon now appears to be full strength seawater at a salinity of 35 (ppt ).
Tucked away among serene gardens is a vast tropical lagoon pool for quiet seclusion.
For a Blue Lagoon, either buy Blue CuraÃ§ao, or add a drop of blue food coloring to the cocktail shaker.
The outlet channel became a lagoon controlled by sluices and the mudflats were reclaimed as pasture.
The Blue Lagoon is a thermal spa, not far from Reykjavik.
From the outside, The Blue Lagoon looks pretty unassuming.
There are three types of room, the most upmarket of which are built on stilts over the lagoon.
The movement also caused an upthrust offshore, in the compression zone, to form a lagoon.
A relaxed lagoon pool setting offering breathtaking vistas of Bali Ã¢s heartland.
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The lagoon, which is enclosed by two coral barriers and accessible to the largest vessels on the north side, forms one of the finest natural harbours in the world.
But these did not mingle readily with the indigenous population; as each wave of barbarian invasion fell back, these refugees returned to their mainland homes, and it required the pressure of many successive incursions to induce them finally to abandon the mainland for the lagoon, a decision which was not reached till the Lombard invasion of 568.
But when the lagoon population was largely augmented in 568 as the result of Alboin's invasion, these jealousies were accentuated, and in 584 it was found expedient to appoint twelve other tribunes, known as the Tribuni Majores, who formed a kind of central committee to deal with all matters affecting the general weal of the lagoon communities.
A crisis was reached when Christopher, patriarch of Grado, convened the people of the lagoon at Heraclea, and urged them to suppress the twelve tribunes and to choose a single head of the state.
From the Asuncion plateau southwards, near the confluence of the Paraguay and Parana, there is a vast stretch of marshy country, draining partly into the Ypoa lagoon, amd smaller tracts of the same character are found in other parts of the lowlands, especially in the valley of the Paraguay.
The most westerly of these streams, the Ogun, enters the Lagos lagoon, which is connected by navigable waterways with the Niger (see Lagos).
With the sun lowering, we sallied forth in search of duck to a lagoon we had heard of lower down the coast.
The Fleet is a 16 mile long tidal saltwater lagoon that is only open the sea at its eastern end.
The lagoon now appears to be full strength seawater at a salinity of 35 (ppt).
About 110 million years ago, rising sea levels flooded southern England, and a shallow lagoon formed.
Tidal Lagoons The world 's first tidal lagoon is being proposed for Swansea Bay.
By night, dine beneath twinkling stars at the Blue Lagoon, then party till the sun rises in Disney Village.
A valedictory tour to the mystical Blue Lagoon with its turquoise blue waters set in black lava rocks.
Thomasville bedding luxury spreads top sellers include patterns such as Blue Lagoon, Bird of Paradise, Captiva, Juliette, Hatteras, and Isla Saona, to name a few.
When a laid-back tropical vibe is desired, look for one of their bedding patterns such as Captiva, Blue Lagoon, Tahitian Sunset, Bird of Paradise, Ferngully, Isla Saona, or Hatteras.
Add floating lotus flowers to a small lagoon or pond if the pagoda is located near one.
A single breasted, notched collar style available in blue lagoon, white, deep navy, black or periwinkle is perfect for business wear, while a sassy wool blazer in herringbone blue surf will accentuate a casual outfit.
Paradise Lagoon is another popular wet attraction - visitors can challenge quick zip lines, splish splash walking platforms, and ride short slides all in a fun lagoon.
Other Disney attractions include the two Disney water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, as well as Pleasure Island Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.
Dolphin Plunge is the park's signature attraction, with the clear water slide tube plunging through a 42 foot drop that passes through a lagoon populated with playful Commerson's dolphins with their distinct black and white coloration.
The original Disney water park, Typhoon Lagoon is more family friendly with traditional waterslides, a wave pool, and outstanding kids' area.
The second part of the Manta rushes riders toward a lagoon where the 12-foot seat wings seem to skim the water causing an up-splash.
Riders will board the 10-passenger boats from the Crystal Rock Bottling Company, where the products of the illegal moonshine still from the families living along the lagoon are bottled.
The ride's roughly figure-8 course will take it across the lagoon and onto Millennium Island, where the Millennium Force roller coaster undergoes a complicated turn to reverse its course.
A large fiberglass platform is constructed underwater in the Paradise Bay lagoon and holds all of the mechanisms.
The park hopper does not include parking fees or either of Disney's water parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon.
Another low-cost gem in the Disney network of theme parks is the water park, Typhoon Lagoon.
Tickets for Typhoon Lagoon are half the price of other Disney theme parks.
At Gaming Lagoon, you can get a free Wii points card by completing offers and surveys and referring friends.
Put a master farmer in the lagoon so he can fish.
Build up your villager's spirituality up to level 3, then put a builder by the rock near the lagoon.
Accomplish this by putting a nursing mother into the lagoon.
She is sitting on what looks like a natural rock formation over a lagoon.
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Venice's lagoon islands are lesser known than the heart of the city, but well worth a visit.
Venice's lagoon (the "Laguna Veneta") is actually an archipelago of over a hundred islands, and several of these are inhabited, vibrant, and well worth a visit.
The Lido, another island in the lagoon, is Italy's most fashionable bathing resort, and some of its most famous hotels are found along the Lido Promenade (such as the Grand Hotel des Bains and the Grand Hotel Excelsior).
Yet another of Venice's lagoon islands worth a visit is Torcello, which is referred to as the "Mother of Venice".
To truly experience this serenity for yourself, take time to explore the enchanting lagoon islands as a part of your visit to Venice.
To reach the lagoon islands, take a "vaporetto" from Piazzale Roma or the Fondamenta Nuova (overlooking the Venetian graveyard).
If you're arriving by plane, you'll fly into the Marco Polo Airport, just north of the city, on the Venetian lagoon.
The most visited beaches include Playa San Francisco, Chankanaab Lagoon, and Playa San Juan.
He is best known for his role in the cult classic movie The Blue Lagoon, which he starred in opposite Brooke Shields in 1980.
It masks a series of lagoons, of which the largest, occupying a central position, is called the Togo, Avon or Haho lagoon.
The Sio and Haho, the two largest rivers of the coast region, both flow into the Togo lagoon.
Togo, which has given its name to the country, is a town on the south-eastern shores of the Togo lagoon.
The Leeward Islands are Tubai or Motuiti, a small uninhabited lagoon island, the most northern of the group; Marua or Maupiti - "Double Mountain," the most western; BolaBola or Bora-Bora; Huaheine; Raiatea or Ulietea (Spanish Princessa), the largest island of this cluster, and Tahaa, which approach each other very closely, and are encircled by one reef.
The length of the Tetuaroa reef ring is about six miles; it bears twelve palm-covered islets, of which several are inhabited, and has one narrow boat-passage leading into the lagoon.
There are undrained, swampy districts in Campeche, in the vicinity of the Terminos Lagoon, where malarial diseases are prevalent, and the same conditions prevail along the coast where mangrove swamps are found.
Along the coast-line, roughly speaking between the Apennines at Rimini and the Carnic Alps at Trieste, three main systems of lagoons were thus created, the lagoon of Grado or Marano to the east, the lagoon of Venice in the middle, and the lagoon of Comacchio to the south-west (for plan, see Harbour).
On a group of these mud banks about the middle of the lagoon of Venice stands the city of Venice.
The dwellings of the primitive settlers in the lagoons were, in all probability, rude huts made of long reeds, such as may be seen to this day in the lagoon of Grado.
Gradually, as time went on, and probably with the influx of refugees from the mainland, bricks made of lagoon mud came to take the place of wattle and reeds in the construction of the houses.
It is carried under the lagoon to Sant' Andrea, where the reservoirs are placed.
There are thirty parishes in the city of Venice and fifteen in the lagoon islands and on the littoral.
But it is nearly certain that long before Attila and his Huns swept down upon the Venetian plain the little islands of the lagoon already had a population of poor but hardy fisherfolk living in quasi-independence, thanks to their poverty and their inaccessible site.
On each occasion, no doubt, some of the refugees remained behind in the islands, and gradually built and peopled the twelve lagoon townships, which formed the germ of the state of Venice and were subsequently concentrated at Rialto or in the city we now know as Venice.
There is little doubt that the original lagoon population depended for its administration, as far as it had any, upon the larger cities of the mainland.
Their maritime importance compelled Narses, the imperial commander, to seek their aid in transporting his army from Grado; and when the Paduans appealed to the Eunuch to restore their rights over the Brenta, the Venetians replied by declaring that islands of the lagoon and the river mouths that fell into the estuary were the property of those who had rendered them habitable and serviceable.
The external menace to their independence had welded together the place and the people; the same pressure had brought about the fusion of the conflicting parties in the lagoon townships into one homogeneous whole.
Sailing to Chioggia he blocked the channel leading from the lagoon to the sea, and Doria was caught in a trap. Pisani stationed himself outside the Lido, on the open sea, to intercept relief should any appear, and Doria, instead of blockading Venice, was himself blockaded in Chioggia.
The victory of Agnadello (1510) gave the allies the complete command of Venetian territory down to the shores of the lagoon.
It has a population of 6800, and is prettily situated on two sides of a large lagoon.
There is an extensive swampy lagoon in Eleuthera, the water of which is fresh or nearly so; and brackish lagoons also occur, as in Watling Island.
There are in addition several islets in the lagoon, the most important being Ile Michel.
Dense scrub covers most of the land, but the inner (lagoon) shore is everywhere bounded by mangrove swamps.
The low ground between the slight hills flanking the Thames valley, and therefore mainly south of the present river, was originally occupied by a shallow lagoon of estuarine character, tidal, and interspersed with marshy tracts and certain islets of relatively firm land.
The principal Canadian ports are Kingston, at the head of the St Lawrence river; Toronto, where the harbour is formed by an island with improved entrance channels constructed both east and west of it; and Hamilton, at the head of the lake, situated on a landlocked lagoon, connected with the main lake by Burlington channel, an artificial cut.
The oldest strata, consisting of gypsiferous marls, are referred to the Muschelkalk and show an alternation of lagoon with marine conditions.
All are centred in a small village opposite Mou Rambu Point on the west or lagoon side; but most of the men are generally absent, many being employed with the Lascar crews on board the large liners plying in the eastern seas.
Grand and Little Bassam are built on the strip of sand which separates the Grand Bassam or Ebrie lagoon from the sea.
Abijean (Abidjan), on the north side of the lagoon opposite Port Bouet is the starting-point of a railway to the oil and rubber regions.
The half-mile of foreshore separating the port from the lagoon was in1904-1907pierced by a canal, but the canal silted up as soon as cut, and in 1908 the French decided to make Grand Bassam the chief port of the colony.
Other pleasure resorts are the Lagoon on the Kentucky side (in Ludlow, Ky.), Chester Park, about 6 m.
Along its entire Atlantic border extends the narrow sandy Sinepuxent Beach, which encloses a shallow lagoon or bay also called Sinepuxent at the north, where, except in the extreme north, it is very narrow, and Chincoteague at the south, where its width is in most places from 4 to 5 m.
Christmas, one of the last-named, is reputed to be the largest lagoon island in the Pacific. The Paumotu Archipelago is the most extensive of the coral groups.
The coral islands are generally of the form well known under the name of atoll, rising but slightly above sea-level, flat, and generally of annular form, enclosing a lagoon.
The lagoon is scarcely more than 150 ft.
The coast is a low-lying region of sandhills, meres and marshes with one lagoon, 42 m.
North of this, the lagoon is called Lake Razim; while its southern half, shut off by three long islands, is the Blue Lake (Sinoe Osero, in Bulgarian).
There are considerable fisheries along the Irrawaddy and on the Paunglin lake, which is a lagoon fed from the Irrawaddy.
The group furnished Charles Darwin with the typical example of an atoll or lagoon island.
The lagoon is very shallow and the passages between many of the islands are fordable on foot.
The lagoon is famous for its "singing fish," supposed to be shell-fish which give forth musical notes.
The growing importance of the lagoon townships, owing to their maritime skill, their expanding trade, created by their position between east and west, their monopoly of salt and salted fish, which gave them a strong position in the mainland markets, rendered it inevitable that a clash must come over the question of independence, when either east or west should claim that Venice belonged to them; and inside the lagoons the growing prosperity, coupled with the external threat to their liberties, concentrated the population into two well-defined parties - what may be called the aristocratic party, because it leaned towards imperial Byzantium and also displayed a tendency to make the dogeship hereditary, and the democratic party, connected with the original population of the lagoons, aspiring to free institutions, and consequently leaning more towards the church and the Frankish kingdom which protected the church.
Children may even get the opportunity to participate in the show by dressing in costumes and rowing dinghies in a pirate race around the lagoon.
That city, like Ravenna, originally stood in the midst of a lagoon; and the coast east of it to near Monfalcone, where it meets the mountains, is occupied by similar expanses of water, which are, however, becoming gradually converted into dry land.
The lagoon fisheries are also of great importance, more especially those of Comacchio, the lagoon of Orbetello and the Mare Piccolo at Taranto &c The deep-sea fishing boats in 1902 numbered 1368, with a total tonnage of 16,149; 100 of these were coral-fishing boats and 111 sponge-fishing boats.
Cape Mount (on the northern side of which is a large lagoon - Fisherman Lake) at its highest point is 1050 ft.
The soil is an oozy mud which can only be made capable of carrying buildings by the artificial means of pile-driving; there is no land fit for agriculture or the rearing of cattle; the sole food supply is fish from the lagoon, and there is no drinking-water save such as could be stored from the rainfall.
But the empire was vast and weak, and its capital lay far away; in practice, no doubt, the lagoon population enjoyed virtual independence, though later the Byzantine claim to suzerainty became one of the leading factors in the formation of the state.
Turning to the other problem, that of internal fusion and consolidation, we find that in 466, fourteen years after the fall of Aquileia, the population of the twelve lagoon townships met at Grado for the election of one tribune from each island for the better government of the separate communities, and above all to put an end to rivalries which had already begun to play a disintegrating part.
He turned his attention to the lagoon of Venice, which had been steadily growing in commercial and maritime importance, and had, on the whole, shown a sympathy for Byzantium rather than for the Franks.
Farther south the Umhlatuzi empties into a lagoon which communicates with the ocean by Richards Bay.
Yet the group of islands called Rialto, in mid-Venetian lagoon, were first the asylum and then the magnificent and permanent home of a race that took a prominent part in the medieval and Renaissance history of Europe.
It has frequently been said that the lagoon population was originally composed of refugees from the mainland seeking asylum from the incursions of Huns,, Goths and Lombards; but it is more probable that, long before the date of the earliest barbarian inroad, the lagoon islands already had a population of fisherfolk.
But the Tribuni Majores were equally powerless to allay the jealousies of the growing townships which formed the lagoon community.
Groups of dwellings, such as are still to be seen on some of the small canals at Burano, clustered together along the banks of the deeper channels which traverse the lagoon islands and give access to the tide.
The government accordingly resolved to reopen the Lido entrance to the lagoon, and thus to afford a shorter and more commodious access from the sea.
Grand Bassam is situated at the point where the lagoon and the river Komoe enter the sea and there is a minimum depth of 12 ft.
About 1309 the arcaded facade along the lagoon front was taken in hand, and set the design for the whole of the external frontage of the palace.
The destruction of the mainland cities, and the flight of their leading inhabitants to the lagoons, encouraged the lagoon population to assert a growing independence, and led them to advance the doctrine that they were "born independent."