The South in the Building of the Nation

The South in the Building of the Nation

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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. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...whose commerce is in considerable measure fed by such afliuents. Prior to the introduction of railroads most of the Southern states, and especially those along the seaboard, had embarked upon various projects for the improvement of rivers and the construction of canals, but the routes thus opened have for the most part long since lost their importance or have been abandoned. The South is endowed with an in-comparable system of natural waterways navigable the entire year by reason of the mild climate, and of great number and length, owing to the increasing _ _ _ _ _ width of the coastal plain as it goes Southward and to the large area of the gulf plain with its great rivers. The abundant opportunities for transportation by water in the South was an important factor in its early colonization. The English, for example, who first peopled Maryland, Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia, settled in the tidewater regions or on the banks of neighboring streams, then often of larger dimensions than now, since soil wastes and the destruction of forests have operated to diminish the capacity and volume of stream-flow. Water routes everywhere furnished not only the safest but the best means of transportation for both local and long-distance traffic, landings being usual on all large plantations. Even after the middle of the Eighteenth century there were but few good roads and even these became impassable in bad weather. Such bridges as were in use often proved unsound, and the interior of the far South was infested with hostile Indians. Ordinarily the colonial proprietors, whether a commercial company or individuals, were the first merchants, vessels having been employed by them to introduce not only settlers, but everything required for their...show more

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 327g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236907086
  • 9781236907080