The Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science Volume . 4

The Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science Volume . 4

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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. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...to which the United States could not have had access. Far up along the Pacific Coast lie now the Territory of Washington and the State of Oregon, whose land once belonged to the province of Louisiana. A little lower down the coast there is the State of California, with its rich gold-mines and its capacious harbor. Supposing a great Latin empire had arisen in this province of Louisiana. California, with its gold-mines; Nevada and Colorado, with their silver; New Mexico and Texas with their agricultural resources, would not now belong to the United States. The great West, with all its natural wealth and resources, would now be subject to European powers. The territory back of the Alleghanies and east of the Mississippi, which was the first curtailment of French claims, might, in the chances of war and politics, have undergone a retroces 1 Public Domain, 105. sion to France or a total loss to Spain, and the United States have remained pent up, confined along Atlantic borders. The United States, of such a character, would have been entirely different from the United States of to-day. Good policy, prudential measures, and the final purchase of Louisiana, made the United States the master of the best portions of the New World. Let us now briefly review the history of the purchase of Louisiana by the United States. History Of Settlement In Louisiana. The name Louisiana was originally applied to a vast region of an unknown extent back of the Alleghany Mountains, and along the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Of indefinite and ambiguous character, French Louisiana was much like the English Virginia, and, like the latter, it had to undergo several curtailments, until it assumed a definite historical character. In 1683, La Salle christened the country...show more

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  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236539311
  • 9781236539311