Chambers's Atlas; With Descriptive Introducion

Chambers's Atlas; With Descriptive Introducion

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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. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ... are Roman Catholic or Protestant, according to the mother-country from which they come. 240. Civilisation is only to be met with in the settlements of the Europeans; the condition of the Moors, Arabs, and Egyptians, is scarcely entitled to rank higher than that of semi-civilisation, while all the other native tribes are little in advance of the lowest barbarism. The arts are exercised only on the northern coasts, where the Moors manufacture silk, cotton, leather, and linen. An active commerce is carried on by them with the maritime nations of Europe; and by means of caravans, a trailic, fully as important, with the interior, to which they convey their own products and those of Europe. The wants of the savage races are exceedingly simple, and most of the articles used by them are prepared by themselves. Commerce, however, with Europeans, has taught them new wants, and increased their 242. This is the largest, and in every way--physically and socially--the most important division of the western hemisphere. It is bounded on the east by the Atlantic; on the south, by the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific, save where connected to South America by the narrow Isthmus of Panama; on the west, by the Pacific; and on the north, generally by the Arctic Ocean. Ve say generally, for its northern shores are yet imperfectly known, and are at the present moment the object of further exploration. The discovery of the North-west Passage has proved that North America is distinct from the arctic regions of Cumberland Island, N.Georgia, and Greenland, which will require to be erected into a new geographical division. Following, however, the usual course of including these regions, the area of the known continent may be stated at 8,000,000 square miles----the...
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  • Paperback | 162 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236757882
  • 9781236757883