The colonial question; being essays on imperial federalism

9781236640819: The colonial question; being essays on imperial federalism
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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 edition. Excerpt: ...and westward to and from China and our Pacific dependencies; settlements containing 1,095 square miles, and a population of 282,831, yet whose expansive trade yearly reaches the comparatively enormous sum of £16,000,000 sterling. Past Singapore, and facing the China sea, we observe the little region of Sarawak, the prize of a romantic and adventurous ambition, which, though not recognised as a colony, affords us a foothold on the great Island of Borneo, and a means of tapping its inexhaustible productions; while to the northward the Island of Labuan supplies coal to our naval or commercial marine. On the edge of the great human ocean of China, one of the conduitpipes of an enormous trade, lies Hongkong--a place, so long as the opium trade continues, to be regarded only with sorrow and shame by any Englishman who is the subject of such fine»but feeble sensations. Next we reach a new continent, which could almost (with its splendid accessories of New Zealand and Van Diemen's Land) embrace all Europe--a continent of gold and corn and cattle, of endless varieties of climate and soil, of wonderful productiveness, prof-J fering homes to innumerable millions, fields of enterprise to the vigour or the ambition of many generations. Nobly its spreads out its broad bosom, with its area of 2,582,070 square miles, as yet devoted to only 2,000,000 of people, who export every year £33,256,000 and import £31,566,000. Round Cape Horn we come upon the Falkland Islands, and going northward, find on the round elbow of the South American continent, the splendid colony of British Guiana, 76,000 square miles in extent, whose population of 160,000 sent forth last year 100,000 hogsheads of sugar and 60,000 puncheons of rum. From Belize, or British...

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