The American Traveller; Or, Observations on the Present State, Culture and Commerce of the British Colonies in America, ... with an Account of the Exports, Imports and Returns of Each Colony Respectively, - ... in a Series of Letters,

The American Traveller; Or, Observations on the Present State, Culture and Commerce of the British Colonies in America, ... with an Account of the Exports, Imports and Returns of Each Colony Respectively, - ... in a Series of Letters,

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1774 edition. Excerpt: ... which each is most fit, and which consequently it must be their Interest to pursue principally, as a Point of Commerce. The Spirit, with which the Settlement of this Island was undertaken immediately at the Conclusion of the last War, and the Numbers, Rank, and Wealth of the Persons engaged, gave Reason to expect a farther Progress by this Time, than appears to have been yet made in it; but whatever has been the Cause of the Delay, it is to be hoped that the bad Consequences of it are sufficiently seen; and that the Undertaking will be re-assumed with Effect. As to the Island of Cape-Breton, its Importance consists solely in its Situation, of which the French took sufficient J Advantage, Advantage, while it was in their Possession, for the Protectionof their own and Annoyance of our Fishery upon the Banks, of Newfoundland. But that Importance has ceased upon its. falling into our Hands, who are in the acknowledged Superiority of Possession of the whole Fissiery; and therefore the Fortifications erected by them for their Purposes, have been demolished by us, as not being of Use equivalent to the Expence of maintaining them. The Island though does not thereby lose all Use to us; for as the Cod-Banks extend up to, and all along the Coast of it, it affords a convenient Station for curing the Fissi caught there, without the Trouble, Delay, and Expence of carrying them to any other Place for that Purpose; not to dwell upon the Importance of its Harbour, to the Navigation of the River St. Lawrance. Other Purposes it can answer but very few; the Climate being still worse than that of Nova Scotia, and the Soil more unfit for Vegetation of every Kind, both on Account of the Rockiness of the Island itself, and its Exposure equally to the Cold of...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236774213
  • 9781236774217