This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871. Excerpt: ... guns appeared. National plunderers, as well as private corsairs of the ocean, have disappeared before the march of modern civilization, and treaties of amity and commerce now guard the trade of the world. Can it be pretended that we need Samana for the purpose of national defense, when we have nothing there, unless we first place it there, to defend? Who is to attack us? Who threatens in the background? Nobody! If Great Britain may rely upon the security that the "streak of silver sea" affords, we know that for the United States the broad Atlantic is a much more impassable bulwark. But in order to make Samana a defensive point we have first to go two thousand miles to fortify it, and then go there to be defended. We leave places of safety to find shelter where weaker nations are our equals, where many naval Powers are our superiors, and where the climate gives the black man very little quarter, and the white man none at all. The plea that we want the harbor of Samana for any purpose is only a link in the evidence that Hayti, not Santo Domingo, is really coveted and sought, for the harbors of Hayti only could furnish any real accommodation, being far better and less remote. The air in the bay is stagnant, and not even freshened by the trade winds, as the bay is so land-locked that they do not penetrate beyond its mouth. On shore the land front has been gobbled up by the perpetual leases obtained by such diligent seekers of thrift as Fabens, 0'Sullivan, and Cazneau. We are asked to buy the site, next to improve and fortify it, and then to occupy it with a naval fleet, with the vain idea that we might thus fire the languid brains and torpid muscles of the Dominicans to make sugar, grow coffee, and hack down the mahogany trees in such incredible quantities as...
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