What does the word archipelago mean?

Usage examples for archipelago

  1. The colonial system by which this whole hemisphere was bound has fallen into ruins, totally abolished by revolutions converting colonies into independent nations throughout the two American continents, excepting a portion of territory chiefly at the northern extremity of our own, and confined to the remnants of dominion retained by Great Britain over the insular archipelago, geographically the appendages of our part of the globe. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  2. It penetrated beyond the walls of China, and visited the islands of the Eastern Archipelago; touched the coasts of Arabia, and swept round Africa, from the Cape to Algiers. – Parish Papers by Norman Macleod
  3. The day unrolled and lifted the archipelago up and into the Northern sky. – The Ice Pilot by Henry Leverage