SOUTH AMERICAN MARKETS: COMMERCE AS AN INTERNATIONAL PEACEMAKER
COMMERCE requires a knowledge of those with whom we would trade. One of the chief causes for international misunderstandings is the lack of appreciation by one nation of the real characteristics of the peoples of another nation -- a lack of mutual acquaintance. Commerce makes for a better acquaintance, and therefore commerce is a peacemaker. The reason why our trade with South America lagged behind that of England and Germany is not far to seek, if one considers the appalling ignorance concerning our Southern neighbors that even yet prevails in our land, though not so generally as a few years ago. The chairman of a chamber of commerce meeting in a large New England city introduced me to the audience as coming "from Buenos Aires, a city whose population is over one hundred thousand." He was right; it has nearly two million. A plate-glass dealer wrote my Legation from Denver to inquire if the Buenos Aires shops used glass in their windows!
Some of the cities of our country have not yet been fully awakened to the value of foreign trade. Other cities, however, are already thoroughly aroused to