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Arguin is an island off the west coast of Mauritania in the Bay of Arguin, at 20° 36' N., 16° 27' W. It is 6 km long by 2 broad. Off the island are extensive and very dangerous reefs. Arguin was occupied in turn by Portugal, the Netherlands, England, France, and Mauritania. Map of the bay showing the Banc dArguin National Park The Bay of Arguin, or Banc dArguin, is a bay on the Atlantic shore of Mauritania. ... A kilometre (American spelling: kilometer, symbol: km) is a unit of length equal to 1000 metres (from the Greek words khilia = thousand and metro = count/measure). ... A reef surrounding an islet. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Religion...

The first European to visit the island was the Portuguese explorer Nuno Tristão, in 1443. In 1445, Henry the Navigator set up a trading post on the island, which acquired gum arabic and slaves for Portugal. By 1455, 800 slaves were shipped from Arguin to Portugal every year. World map showing location of Europe A satellite composite image of Europe Europe is geologically and geographically a peninsula, forming the westernmost part of Eurasia. ... Nuno Tristão was a 15th century Portuguese explorer and slave trader who was the first European to land in what is today Guinea-Bissau. ... Events Albanians, under Turks John Hunyadi defeats Turks at the Battle of Nis Vlad II Dracul begins his second term as ruler of Wallachia, succeeding Basarab II. Births May 31 - Margaret Beaufort (mother of Henry VII of England) December 5 - Pope Julius II Marriages Deaths August 16 - Ashikaga Yoshikatsu, Ashikaga... Events Discovery of Senegal and Cape Verde by Dinas Diaz Births March 1 - Sandro Botticelli, Italian painter of the Florentine school during the Early Renaissance (d. ... Infante Dom Henrique (March 4, 1394 – November 13, 1460) was a prince of Portugal, often regarded as the most important figure in the early days of European colonial expansion. ... Gum arabic is a substance that is taken from two sub-Saharan species of the acacia tree. ... A monument celebrating the emancipation of slaves in the British Empire in 1834, erected in Victoria Tower Gardens, Millbank, Westminster, London Wiktionary has a definition of: Slavery Slavery can mean one or more related conditions which involve control of a person against his or her will, enforced by violence or... Events February 9 - Wars of the Roses: Richard, Duke of York dismissed as Protector February 23 - Johannes Gutenberg prints the first Bible on a printing press May 22 - Wars of the Roses: First Battle of St Albans - Richard, Duke of York and his ally, Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick defeat...

External links

  • 1911 Britannica article (http://encyclopedia.jrank.org/APO_ARN/ARGUIN.html)
  • Modern Britannica article (http://www.britannica.com/eb/article?tocId=9009390)
  • Lander's Travels—The Travels of Richard Lander into the Interior of Africa (http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/12667)
  • Portugese slave routes (http://www.antislavery.org/breakingthesilence/slave_routes/slave_routes_portugal.shtml)

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ARGUIN - LoveToKnow Article on ARGUIN (152 words)
Arguin vs occupied in turn by Portuguese, Dutch, English and French; id to France it now belongs.
The aridity of the soil and the Ld anchorage prevent a permanent settlement.
In ily 1816 the French frigate Medusa,1 which carried officers i their way to Senegal to take possession of that country for ~ance, was wrecked off Arguin, 350 lives being lost.
Portsmouth Herald Mass News: Amesbury man pleads guilty to defrauding government of millions (418 words)
Paul R. Arguin, 40, pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. District Judge Patti B. Saris to 24 charges, including one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, 17 counts of wire fraud, one count of theft of public property, one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, and four counts of witness tampering.
Arguin used his position to have government contractors make purchases from Greenleaf Technology Associates Inc., a company owned by his wife, Lisa Arguin, which did no legitimate business and operated out of their home, prosecutors said.
Arguin faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each of the theft of public property and witness tampering charges.
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