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Constantinople To Bushire

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For the author, to be pitchforked out of Constantinople, "the bride of the world", into a God-forsaken hole with the reputation of Bushire seemed like a descent from paradise into hell. Constantinople lies astride the southern end of the Bosphorus, the strait connecting the Marmara with the Black sea. The native Christians and the foreign business communities occupied two districts on the northern side, Galata down by the water's edge and Pera on the steep slope behind. Istanbul proper was almost entirely Turkish and Muslim. Off Bushire the author's ship anchored several miles from the shore, and very soon an Anglo-Indian assistant-surgeon arrived in a native sailing-boat and took the Bushire passengers to a low sandy island where we were to be detained for two days. In spite of unexpectedly bitter cold, the two days passed pleasantly enough, and the group had no complaints.

Keywords: Bushire; Constantinople; Istanbul



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