The Arctic in Fact and Fable

The Arctic in Fact and Fable

The Arctic in Fact and Fable

The Arctic in Fact and Fable

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Most important for the development of the Arctic is the right approach. Next in importance is to know what it is we are approaching. This requires an understanding of the location of the Arctic with relation to countries which are already developed and powerful, and then a grasp of its nature.

THE ARCTIC LIES ON THE ROAD TO CHINA

We have remarked the curious fact that the shape of the earth and the location of the Arctic were better understood from the time of Columbus to the reign of Queen Victoria than they have been since, unless we except perhaps the last five years. Under war stimulus, we are now returning, in a measure, to a view of the northern half of the earth similar to that which was common during three centuries preceding.

We have mentioned what the Admiral of the Ocean Sea believed, that those are equally wrong who consider the tropics too hot and the Arctic too cola for the use of mankind. It is another part of the Admiral's story that he left behind a memorandum to the effect that when he was through with his voyages to the Indies westward from Europe, he was going to make a journey . . .

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