General Atlas of the World; Containing Large Scale Maps of Every State, Territory and Country in the World, with a Carefully Prepared Historical and Descriptive Sketch of Each

General Atlas of the World; Containing Large Scale Maps of Every State, Territory and Country in the World, with a Carefully Prepared Historical and Descriptive Sketch of Each : Together with an Alphabetically Arranged List of Every

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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. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...of the system extending northward into Minnesota. Its general extent north and south is 208 miles, and east and west about 300 miles; and its area is 56,025 square miles, or 35,856,000 acres, being almost exactly the same as that of Illinois. 'lhe highest point in the State is at Spirit Lake, in the northwest part, which is 1.650 feet above the sea level, and there is a gradual slope thence to the southeast, until at the mouth _of the Des Moines river the elevation is only 444 feet. C'limate.It is a, healthy region, malarial, epidemic and endemic diseases being rare. The winters are severe, owing to the prevalence of north and northwest winds, which sweep at will over the prairies, but they are not unhealthy. In summer the constant breezes relieve the heat of the season. The mean annual temperature is about 48 Fahrenheit; that of summer, 705; and of winter, 231; and the tempera-ture is seldom lower than 10 or higher than 90. The mean annual rainfall for thirty years was 44.27 inches; the least 23.35 inches, and the greatest 74.49 inches. Taking the whole year, the climate is moderate, and favorable for agriculture; fruit trees blos-som early in May, and wheat ripens in August. History.-Iowa, the sixteenth State admitted into the Union under the Federal constitution, dates its existence as a State from December 28, 1846-only one genera-tion ago. Its name, which is also that of a river within its confines, is said to mean, in the language of the aborigines, "The Beautiful Land." The territory now em-braced by Iowa originally formed a. part of the vast Louisiana possessions of the French, which were ceded to the United States in 1803, during the administration of President Jefferson. The first white settlement was made...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123685554X
  • 9781236855541