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The colony of New Zealand

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Pages: 294

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: William Gisborne

Excerpt from book: TIE COLONY OF NEW ZEALAND. CHAPTER I. Capability for colonisation—Area and shape—North Island—Forests —Internal navigable water—Volcanic region—Sonth Island— Sounds—Geology of New Zealand—Natural History—Birds— Lizards—Insects—Fish—Botany—Timber. New Zealand, from early days, was adapted for colonisation. The country was sparsely inhabited by a barbarous race. Animal life was rare: and there was a total absence of wild beasts and noxious reptiles. Geographical position, and the physical features of the land, made the climate temperate, varied, and eminently salubrious. The possession of numerous good harbours and of other maritime advantages was specially conducive to future commercial prosperity. The capabilities of the country were very great. There was untold industrial wealth latent in its vegetation, its timber, its minerals, its varieties of soil, its suitability for pastoral, agricultural, and manufacturing purposes, and in its fisheries. Picturesque scenery of diversified character abounded in its mountains, its valleys, its forests, its lakes, and its running streams. Everything pointed to a great future of colonisation and of civilised life. New Zealand lies in the Pacific Ocean, between the parallels of 34 and 47 south latitude and the meridians of 166 and 178 east longitude, and is surrounded by the greatest extent of ocean in the globe. Two islands, now 2 AREA—NORTH ISLAND. best known respectively as the North Island and the South Island, practically constitute New Zealand. There is a small island at the southern extremity, called Stewart Island. New Zealand is to the south-eastward of, and at least 1000 miles from Australia. The corresponding latitudes in the northern hemisphere extend from Central France over Italy and Sicily into Northern Africa. ...  

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