American History and Its Geographic Conditions

American History and Its Geographic Conditions

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American History and Its Geographic Conditions

American History and Its Geographic Conditions

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The most important geographical fact in the past history of the United States has been their location on the Atlantic opposite Europe; and the most important geographical fact in lending a distinctive character to their future history will probably be their location on the Pacific opposite Asia.

Till the end of the fifteenth century Europe was dominated by her position as part of the continental triad of the Eastern Hemisphere. In spite of her long, indented coast line and considerable maritime development, hers was mainly coastwise navigation, not oceanic; and her sea travel was everywhere supplemented on the great routes by land travel up or down river valleys and across deserts or steppes. Herself a country of the temperate zone, she sought the tropical products of the Orient. Thither the way was easy, for the Indian Ocean stretched out two welcoming arms, the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf, towards the Mediterranean, while the Tigris and Euphrates rivers rested their light finger . . .

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