Illustrated Hand-Book of Geography

Illustrated Hand-Book of Geography

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...a fair reputation in the manufactures of clothe and metals. The Danube is the largest water course in Austria and flows a distance of 850 miles through the confines of the monarchy, being navigable the entire distance. It frequently divides its waters into different channels enclosing large and beautiful islands, and occasionally changes its course, leaving cities and towns, formerly built on its banks, several miles inland. The scenery through which it passes is vailed and often picturesque; flanked by lofty mountains, whose steep and rugged sides enclose its channel between rocky walls; lined with vast sombre forests the silence of which is unbroken by the hum of civilization, and at times fringed with lovely cities whose beauty and antiquity alike enchant the traveler. At "Iron Gate," where it passes the border, an immense sub-aqueous rock 4,200 feet wide formerly impeded its navigation. Aside from the navigation aflorded by the Danube and its affluents, the Austrian syetem of internal transportation does not ofler the facilities for extending commercial industries, that would naturally be expected from so large and populous a country. This may perhaps be accounted for, partly by the fact of its inhabitants being composed of several distinct races, each possessing strong national traits and prejudices, partly to the apathy and illiberal policy of the general government, and largely to the mountainous nature of its surface, owing to which, the construction of all lines of communication is attended with very great difficulty and expense. 192 miles of canal increase its inland navigation; 10,946 miles of completed railway exchange the commerce of its cities, a small number of constructed highways extend into its agricultural regions, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236551443
  • 9781236551443