20 km far by sea

brainstorming

Senior Member
Portugal, Portuguese
Hi everyone,

In English do you use "by sea" in the following context?

In a pleasant hill at the entrance of São Marcos Bay, 20 km far by sea from São Luís, it [the town] dominated the “fertile lands” of the lowland of Maranhão, in which sugarcane, cotton, rice, tobacco and fruits were abundant.

Thanks in advance
 
  • Jeffy Jay

    Senior Member
    English-American
    I would take out the word "far" as people would understand that it's 20 km away from the point of origin. Some people, however, would probably state 20 nautical miles, but I doubt that equals 20 km.
     

    cuchuflete

    Senior Member
    EEUU-inglés
    On a pleasant hill at the entrance of São Marcos Bay, 20 km far by sea from São Luís, it [the town] dominated the “fertile lands” of the lowland of Maranhão, in which sugarcane, cotton, rice, tobacco and fruits were abundant.

    Or...

    On a pleasant hill at the entrance of São Marcos Bay, 20 km far from São Luís by sea, it [the town] dominated the “fertile lands” of the lowland of Maranhão, in which sugarcane, cotton, rice, tobacco and fruits were abundant.

    The second version flows a little better for me.
     
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