Badghis, a region north of Herat, comprising the country between the Murghab and the Hari-rud rivers, as far northward as the edge of the desert. It lies just to the south of the boundary line between Afghanistan and the Russian territories, as defined in 1887.
Badrinath, a peak of the main Himalayan range, Garhwal district, North-western Provinces, India, 22,901 feet above the sea. A shrine of Vishnu stands on one of its shoulders at a height of 10,400 feet, 56 miles NE. of Srinagar.
Baena, a Spanish town 25 miles BSE. of Cordova. Pop. 14,801.
Baeza, a town of Spain, In the province of Jaen, 9 miles from Baeza station, this being 160 S. of Madrid. The Roman Beatia, and the seat of Moorish califs, with 150,000 inhabitants, it never fairly recovered from its sack by the Castilians in 1228. Here are a quondam university (1533) and the oratory of St Philip de Neri. Pop. 15,430.
Baffin Bay, a gulf, or rather sea, on the NE. coast of North America, extending between Greenland and the great islands NE. of Hudson Bay (one of which is called Baffin Island), in 69° to 78° N. lat. It is about 800 miles long, with an average breadth of 280. The shores are lofty and precipitous, backed by snow-clad mountains. Baffin Bay communicates with the Atlantic by Davis Strait; and with the Arctic Ocean by Smith and Lancaster Sounds. Discovered in 1562, it was first explored in 1615 by William Baffin, pilot of Bylot's expedition.
Baghelkhand, the name of five native states, under the political superintendence of the governor-general's agent for Central India, lying to the south of the districts of Mirzapur and Allahabad. The total area is 11,324 sq. m.; pop. 1,562,595.
Baghistan. See Behistun.