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The conquest of arid America

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Pages: 264

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

By: William Ellsworth Smythe

Excerpt from book: THE CONQUEST OF AMD AMERICA pact firet COLONIAL EXPANSION AT HOME " In 1850. she [the United States] passed Austria. In 1860 it was her motherland to whom she held out her hand lovingly as she swept by. In 1870 she overtook and passed France. In 1880 she had outstripped the Qerman Empire : and now, in 1890, she is left without a competitor to contend with except giant Russia. All the others she has left behind. Another decade, and the sound of the rushing Republic close behind will astonish even Russia, with its eighty-six millions in Europe. Yet another decade, and it, too, like all the rest, will fall behind to watch for a time the new nation in advance, until it forges so far forward as to pass beyond her ken, when five hundred millions, every one an American, and all boasting a common citizenship, will dominate the world—for the world's good."—Andrew Cakneoib, Triumpfuint Democracy. CHAPTER I GBEATNESS BY CONTINENTAL CONQUEST The economic greatness of the United States ia the fruit of a policy of peaceful conquest over the resources of a virgin continent. Without this great item of raw material, the finished product which the world acknowledges in the industrial America of to-day would have been impossible. The true career of the American people as a race of empire-builders dates not from the founding of Jamestown, New Amsterdam, and Plymouth, but from the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown and the subsequent inauguration of George Washington as the first President of the United States. The early settlers were merely European sentinels standing guard over a treasure of continental magnitude which they neither comprehended nor appreciated. The tobacco-raisers of Virginia, the fur-traders of New York, and the religious enthusiasts of New England had no concepti...  

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