The Natural Boundaries Of Empires; And A New View Of Colonization by John FinchThe Natural Boundaries Of Empires; And A New View Of Colonization by John Finch

The Natural Boundaries Of Empires; And A New View Of Colonization

byJohn Finch

Paperback | February 6, 2012

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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. 1844. Excerpt: ... the nations of Europe be about? Here is an impregnable fortress, with the garrison all ready, eight hundred guns, a fine rock, a sea close at hand in which they might discharge their dead, and a beautiful sand on which their wounded could lie,--and yet they will not advance to the attack! perhaps they distrust the honor of the British nation, and think our cannon-balls not full weight; perhaps they think the 24-pound balls an ounce or two deficient; but if they will inquire of our neighbours, the French, they will vouch for the correctness of the weight, and also for the precision with which they are aimed. In order to rescue the garrison from despair, we shall absolutely be obliged to send out an army, and besiege our own fortress, draw lines of circumvallation, erect breaching batteries, storm the lines, set the guards on the outside to attack, and the forty-second and forty-fourth in the inside to defend. Then the English nation hearing that the garrison is really attacked, will begin to have an idea that Gibraltar is of some use, because it affords the amusement of a siege. The possession of this fortress was a most serious clog on the movements of the British army in the Peninsular war, on account of the strength of the garrison requisite for its defence. Four thousand British bayonets added to our army on the bloody fields of Albuera and Talavera, would have rendered one battle less destructive, and the other more decisive. The British trade in the Mediterranean does not depend on this fort for its protection, or its safety, or its extent. A merchant, on being asked the question, what nation would have the greatest trade in the Mediterranean, replied very sensibly, "That nation will have the largest trade with the States bordering on the Mediterrane...
Title:The Natural Boundaries Of Empires; And A New View Of ColonizationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:84 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217093809

ISBN - 13:9780217093804