Soracte

Soracte (now Monte di Sant' Oreste, and sometimes Monte di San Silvestro), a mountain of ancient Etruria, in the territory of the Falisci, visible from and about 25 m. N. of Rome. It rises in an abrupt mass to a height of about 2,250 ft. It was consecrated to Apollo, who had a temple on its summit, where the present monastery of San Silvestro stands.

Sorel

Sorel, a town and the capital of Richelieu co., Quebec, Canada, on the E. bank of the Richelieu river, at its mouth in the St. Lawrence, 45 m. below Montreal; pop. in 1861, 4,778; in 1871, 5,636. It occupies the site of a fort built by the French in 1665, and was for many years the summer residence of the governors of Canada. Nearly all the shipping plying between Quebec and Montreal winters here. Ship building is largely carried on. The town contains manufactories of engines, mill machinery, stoves, ploughs, leather, bricks, etc, several saw and grist mills, two branch banks, a tri-weekly (French) and two weekly (one French) newspapers, a monthly periodical (French), and three or four churches.

Soria

I. A N. Province Of Spain

A N. Province Of Spain, in Old Castile, bordering on Burgos, Logrono, Sara-gossa, Guadalajara, and Segovia; area, 3,836 sq. in.; pop. in 1870 (estimated), 158,699. Mountains border three sides, and the surface is broken. The Douro rises near the N. boundary, and flows first mainly S. and then W. into the province of Burgos. There are large forests of pine, oak, and beech. The roads are mere tracks, only practicable for mules.

II. A City

A City, capital of the province, on an irregular eminence on the right bank of the Douro, 113 m. N. E. of Madrid; pop. about 5,500. It is surrounded by old walls. The site of ancient Numantia is supposed to have been a few miles N. of Soria, but no positive traces of it remain.

Sorrento

Sorrento (anc. Surrentum), a city of S. Italy, in the province, on the S. side of the gulf, and 16 m. S. E. of the city of Naples; pop. about 4,300, besides many strangers attracted by the climate and the picturesque situation. Deep ravines around the city are excavated in the volcanic tufa. In the vicinity are sea baths, curious grottoes, and relics of antiquity, the principal of which is a reservoir still used. Sorrento is the seat of an archbishop, and has a fine cathedral. The house in which Tasso was born, on the cliff overhanging the sea, is now a favorite hotel. Celebrated inlaid woodwork and silk and other goods are made here. - Under the Romans Surrentum was chiefly known as a fashionable resort, and for its pottery and medicinal wines. In A. D. 79 the eruption of Vesuvius caused great damage to it. In the middle ages it had considerable commerce. The geology of Sorrento has been described by Puggaard (Copenhagen and Leipsic, 1858).

Soto

See De Soto.

Soulanges

Soulanges, a W. county of Quebec, Canada, on the N. bank of the St. Lawrence, above Montreal; area, 137 sq. m.; pop. in 1871, 10,-808, of whom 9,724 were of French and 732 of Scotch origin. It is traversed by the Grand Trunk railway. Capital, Coteau Landing.