Geographical Outlines and History; A Practical Work for Teacher and Pupil

Geographical Outlines and History; A Practical Work for Teacher and Pupil

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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. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...by conscription or enlistment. The conscripts are drawn at the age of nineteen, and must serve, nominally, five years. The regular army on a war footing consisted, in 1893, of about 60.000, excluding ofiicers. The Netherlands has one of the strongest navies of any of the smaller European countries. The Netherlands are a part of the great low plains, the surface being flat and in some parts below the level of the sea. Those parts along the coast which are not defended by sand banks are protected from overflowing by means of dikes, which are usually thirty feet high, seventy feet broad at the bottom, and wide enough at the top for a roadway. They are the work of centuries and are watched with the greatest care and kept in perfect repair. The rivers are also kept within their proper channels by means of dikes. A network of canals extends over the whole country, and these are used for drainage and transportation. Large windmills are used to pump out any extra water, and those mills. with their great sails, are seen everywhere in the Netherlands. The climate is damp and colder than that of the opposite coasts of England in the same latitude, and the winters are usually severe. The soil is very fertile and productive. The kingdom of Belgium is one of the smaller European states, and consists of the southern portion of the former kingdom of the Netherlands. It lies between France and the Netherlands, the North sea and Rhenish Prussia. Its gre.1test length from northwest to southeast is about 175 miles, and its greatest breadth from north to south is 105 miles. Belgium has a short but regular coast-line, being but forty-one miles in length. It is divided into nine provinces, having an area of 11,373 square miles. According to the constitution of...show more

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236784529
  • 9781236784520