A Tale of Two Passes: An Inquiry into Certain Alpine by William Lowell Putnam

By William Lowell Putnam

William Putnam’s booklet chronicles the background of 2 vital routes in the course of the Alps, that are dedicated to treasuring the background of Mont Cenis and the good Saint Bernard passages. either one of those passes have been prominently and regularly utilized by the Romans in constructing and preserving their empire. it really is surmised that Hannibal and his troops came across elephant-friendly passages throughout the Mont Cenis hall. either passes have been embellished with hospices/shelters close to their crest and either now were bypassed through sleek tunnels. regardless of those similarities, their ancient prominence derives from particularly varied occasions and components. “There is not any passage of the Alps that offers to the vacationer larger excitement, both within the entertainment or the recollection of his trip to Italy, than that by way of the good Saint Bernard. Beside the wildness of this alpine cross, and the wonderful thing about the valley of Aosta, during which the line (down) to Turin maintains after it leaves the mountains, the sort reception that he reports from the spiritual group on the hospice at the summit of the Saint Bernard, is remembered so long as he could be thankful for the devotion that induces those very good males to provide the vacationer their welcome, and unfold for him their hospitality within the wilderness.” Herein lies the histories of those passes and tales of many tourists one of the Alps — instructed up to attainable of their personal words.

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