HIS LIFE AND INVENTIONS
THE AGE OF ELECTRICITY
THE year 1847 marked a period of great territorial acquisition by the American people, with incalculable additions to their actual and potential wealth. By the rational compromise with England in the dispute over the Oregon region, President Polk had secured during 1846, for undisturbed settlement, three hundred thousand square miles of forest, fertile land, and fisheries, including the whole fair Columbia Valley. Our active "policy of the Pacific" dated from that hour. With swift and clinching succession came the melodramatic Mexican War, and February, 1848, saw another vast territory south of Oregon and west of the Rocky Mountains, added by treaty to the United States. Thus in about eighteen months there had been pieced into the national domain for quick development and exploitation a region as large as the entire Union of Thirteen States at the close of the War of Independence. Moreover, within its boundaries
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Publication information: Book title: Edison:His Life and Inventions. Volume: 1. Contributors: Frank Lewis Dyer - Author, Thomas Commerford Martin - Author. Publisher: Harper & Brothers. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1910. Page number: 1.
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