Vimeiro (Vee-may-eefro), also spelt Vimiera, a Portuguese town (pop. 1800), 30 miles N. of Lisbon, where in 1808 Wellington defeated Junot.


Vinaroz (Veenaroth'), a port of Spain, 45 miles NE. of Castellon by rail. Pop. 9920.


Vincennes (Vangsenn'), an eastern suburb of Paris, just outside the fortifications, whose park, the Bois de Vincennes, is the pleasure-ground of eastern Paris. The ancient castle (14th c.) was long a state-prison, and in 1834 was made a fort. In its moat the Duc d'Enghien was shot.


Vincennes (Vinsenns'), the oldest town (1735) in Indiana, on the navigable Wabash, 52 miles by rail N. of Evansville. It contains a R. C. cathedral, steam flour-mills, etc. Pop. 10,250.

Vindhya Mountains

Vindhya Mountains. See India.

Vinegar Hill

Vin'egar Hill (389 feet high), close to Ennis-corthy, County Wexford, scene of the rout of the Irish rebels by General Lake, June 21, 1798.


Vinnit'za, a Russian town, in Podolia, stands on the Bug, 120 miles SW. of Kieff. Pop. 28,733.


Vionville (Veeongveel), a village of Lorraine (pop. 450), 20 miles W. of Metz. In the great cavalry battle named from it or the next village of Mars-la-Tour, the French were driven back on Metz, August 16, 1870.


Viramgam, a town of Bombay Presidency, 27 miles W. of Ahmedabad by rail. Pop. 23,209.


Vire (Veer), a town in the Norman dep. Calvados, on the Vire, 35 miles SW. of Caen. Pop. 6635.

Virginia City

Virginia City, capital of Storey county, Nevada, is built, 6200 feet above the sea, on the eastern side of Mount Davidson, 21 miles by rail NNE. of Carson. It owes its existence to its silver-mines - the Comstock Lode, the Big Bonanza, etc. Pop. (1880) 10,917; (1900) 2695.

Virginia Water

Virginia Water, an artificial lake, nearly 2 miles long, formed in 1746 by the Duke of Cumberland in the Great Park at Windsor, is 5 miles S. of the castle.

Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands, a group of fifty West Indian islands. The total area is 261 sq. m., and the pop. is nearly 45,000. Three, St Thomas, Santa Cruz, and St John, belong to Denmark (area, 130 sq. m.; pop. 31,000). Bieque, or Crab Island (pop. 3000), and Culebra were ceded by Spain to the United States in 1898. The others are British; total area, 58 sq. m.; pop. (1881) 5287; (1891) 4639, of whom only about 150 are whites. The chief of the British Islands are Tortola, Virgin-Gorda, and Anegada.


Vishni-Volotchok (-ni as -nee), a town of Russia in the government of Tver, 230 miles SE. of St Petersburg by Tail. Pop. 16,590.


Visnagar, a town of NE. Baroda. Pop. 21,376.

Visp(Veesp; Fr. Viege), a Swiss village (pop. 900) in Vaud, at the opening of the Visp valley to the Rhine, 42 miles E. of Martigny.


Vis'tula (Lat.; Polish Vistla; Ger. Weichsel), the great river of Poland, rises in Austrian Silesia, 3600 feet above sea-level, amongst the outliers of the Carpathians. Formed by three head-waters, the White, Little, and Black Vistulas, it flows 650 miles northward, but with many bends, and receiving the Bug and other tributaries, past Cracow, Warsaw, Plock, Lipno, Thorn, Kuhn, Graudenz, and Danzig, till it enters the Baltic Sea by several mouths.