The Indian Archipelago

Paperback | May 13, 2012

byF. Boucher

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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. 1857 Excerpt: ...the rest of the world had but a scanty supply thereof, is generally considered to have caused the rapid decline which ensued of the power and pre-eminence of the Spanish nation, by diverting the people from industrial pursuits, and by inducing a sort of national indolence and corruption. This, however, may have been but one ingredient amongst many which tended to occasion a result so greatly to be deplored; another, probably, was that the vast colonies of Spain absorbed the wealth and energy of the parent country without yielding any adequate return, thus proving the truth of the old saying, " that even gold may be bought too dearly." The example should not be disregarded by Great Britain, now that Australia is yielding more gold in one year than all the Spanish colonies ever produced in five years! British colonization is now, however, conducted upon a system so totally different from, and so superior to, that which was adopted by Spain in former days, that there is abundant reason for believing that the colonies of Great Britain-will be more permanently prosperous and more beneficial to the parent country than the Spanish colonies have been. Having briefly described some of the principal islands and places of the Indian Archipelago, and endeavoured to manifest the importance to the world of that magnificent and extensive but still undeveloped region, a few observations will now be submitted for consideration regarding the piracy and slavery which have so long prevailed, and still continue in operation therein, and upon the most effectual means that can be adopted for the repression and extinction of those great evils. The most notorious and enterprising pirates of this region are the inhabitants of the free Mahomedan states in Sumatra, Lingin, B...

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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. 1857 Excerpt: ...the rest of the world had but a scanty supply thereof, is generally considered to have caused the rapid decline which ensued of ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:28 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.06 inPublished:May 13, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021758747X

ISBN - 13:9780217587471

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