Definitions

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  • n. any sea to the south of the equator (but especially the South Pacific)

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Examples

  • Panama, crossed it (1513), and from the mountains looked down on an endless expanse of blue water, which he called the South Sea, because when he first saw it he was looking south.

    A School History of the United States

  • This appeared to make trade in the Pacific and all the potential wealth associated with it possible and set the direction of British foreign policy for the next half century, culminating in the financial disaster known as the South Sea Bubble of 1720-21

    August 2009

  • Many years ago in that world, in a deep sea of that world which is called the South Sea, a shipload of pirates were driven by storm on an island.

    Prince Caspian

  • His observations here convinced him that these and other islands of the Atlantic owed their existence to volcanic action of the most intense kind, and that the groups of islands in the South Sea are the remains of a pre-existing continent.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3 "Brescia" to "Bulgaria"

  • An island in the South Sea is the setting for this entertaining tale, and an all-conquering hero and a beautiful princess figure in a most complicated plot.

    Within the Law

  • Among his followers was one Vasco Nuñez de Balboa who afterwards became famous for his discovery of the Pacific Ocean, then called the South Sea (Mar del Sur), and who had joined the expedition without Enciso's knowledge or authority, seeking to escape his creditors.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Diocese-Fathers of Mercy

  • As a result of the first big share market scam, the so-called South Sea Bubble of 1710, shareholder companies, with some exceptions, were outlawed in England for 105 years from 1720.

    IOL: News

  • And a similar plan was underway in England soon after - later known as the South Sea bubble.

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  • Along with the privately owned docks the canal was used for laying up ships that were in seasonable employment, such as South Sea whalers, ships up for sale and those under repair or fitting-out.

    Early Steam Ships and the City Canal

  • These were driven to go to sea if they could find a berth, often half starved and brutally treated, and always underpaid, and so easily yielded to the temptation of joining some vessel bound vaguely for the "South Sea," where no questions were asked and no wages paid, but every hand on board had a share in the adventure.

    The Pirates' Who's Who Giving Particulars Of The Lives and Deaths Of The Pirates And Buccaneers

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