The Rights and Duties of Citizens of the United States; A Manual of Citizenship

The Rights and Duties of Citizens of the United States; A Manual of Citizenship

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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. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...must construct and control the Nicaragua ship-canal. From a naval and military point of view, the direct advantage of holding such a great base of operations on Lake Nicaragua is without parallel in history, and yet this country hesitates about its construction. Nature has made here a disposition of land and water more favorable than at any other point for a water transit between the oceans. The size and depth of Lake Nicaragua are such that the largest fleet can drill there, and the fresh water would prevent the rapid destruction of the hulls of iron ships which takes place in salt water. Dockyards should be built on the shores of the lake, which in times of peace would be no running expense to the Government, as they would pay a handsome annual profit by taking care of the merchant marine. We should construct and control this interoceanic canal at once, and we should keep a swift and well-conditioned fleet of naval vessels there, ready to act on either coast. The naval strategic defense of the United States requires a strong fleet at Hampton Eoads, another in Calif ornia, ready to move effectively at a moment's notice, and a similar fleet in Lake Nicaragua. Then Key West must be held, and the mouths of the Mississippi protected. A strong fleet, auxiliary to the Hampton Eoads fleet, must hold the sounds and channels of Long Island and Nantucket. Puget Sound must be held, and the Gulf of California dominated. The permanent safety of this Republic is not assured until the naval strategic defenses of the Republic are complete. We should also occupy Pearl River harbor in the Hawaiian Islands permanently. It is of the utmost importance to us as the naval and strategic key of the Pacific Ocean. It is amazing that the political and commercial power of...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236676440
  • 9781236676443