Practical Essays on American Government Volume 3

Practical Essays on American Government Volume 3

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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. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ...and good communication with foreign countries in order to grow into a city; it must also have direct and easy connection with a rich country in the interior. Verona, though an interior city, has for ages lain at the mouth of the easiest Alpine pass. Trieste is the port for Southern Germany. For the same reason, Baltimore, Charleston, and Philadelphia, Chicago and St. Paul, have had a better opportunity for growth than Boston. New York, in spite of her magnificent harbor, suffered from a mistake of the geologic forces. A glance at the map shows that the great lakes were meant to drain into the Hudson; and their waters still protest, as they thunder down Niagara, against an unnatural diversion to an estuary frozen one-half the year. To remedy the mistake of nature, the State of New York constructed the Erie Canal, finished in its first form in 1825; and the astonishing growth of the city is the fruit of that undertaking. Philadelphia, Washington, and Richmond vainly tried to imitate this triumph; but Baltimore rivalled it by the early construction of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. The effect of our railroad system has been to make available the best harbors, wherever found, and to make large areas of rich country tributary to the cities upon them. Boston could scarcely live from New England products alone. New York depends for daily bread on Ohio, Michigan, and Minnesota. Of the seven largest cities in the country, five are the larger Atlantic ports--Boston, New York, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Baltimore; and they are among the most distant from the centre of food supply. The second city of the seven, Chicago, illustrates another great change in modern, as compared with ancient, commercial conditions: Chicago is a great trade centre. more

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  • English
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  • 1236795083
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