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ACCOUNTS OF THE DISCOVERIES AND EXPLORATIONS OF THE NORSEMEN,
SPANIARDS, ENGLISH AND FRENCH; THE MOUND BUILDERS; THE

AMERICAN INDIANS; THE SETTLEMENT OF THE NEW
WORLD; THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WARS; THE

STRUGGLE OF THE REVOLUTION;

The Establishment of the American Republic;

THE SECOND WAR WITH ENGLAND; THE MEXICAN WAR; THE LONG PERIOD OF PEACE; THE HISTORY OF THE GREAT CIVIL WAR; THE CENTENNIAL OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE, AND ALL IMPORTANT EVENTS DOWN TO THE PRESENT

TIME, WITH VALUABLE STATISTICS FROM

THE LATEST CENSUS, AND

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THE NEW YORK

PUBLIC LIBRARY 2887663

ASTOR, LENOX AND
TILDEN FOUNDATIONS
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1944

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COPYRIGHT, 1893.

PREFACE.

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HERE is nothing more worthy of a He has endeavored to write from a broad

man's study than the history of his national standpoint, and to cultivate in the country. In our own land, how- minds of his readers that feeling of national

ever, the means of pursuing such a patriotism which must ever be the safeguard study are limited. Our great cities contain of our country. large and valuable public libraries, and the It is a fitting time to consider the story of collections of our historical societies are rich the past, to learn the lessons which it teaches, and very complete; but these are accessible and to ponder the warnings which it conveys only to the communities in which they are for the future. Four hundred years ago located, and are practically useless to the America was an unknown wilderness. Less majority of the American people. The great than three centuries ago it passed into the works of Bancroft and Hildreth cover but a hands of England, and was thus secured for portion of our history, and are removed from the language and the free influences of the the reach of the masses by reason of their all-conquering Anglo-Saxon race.

It was a costliness. Besides these, the larger number precious heritage which was thus secured for of the works treating of American history are liberty; a land stretching from the frozen compendiums, or outlines intended for the regions of the north to the sunny skies of the use of schools, and are therefore unsatisfac- tropics, from the stormy Atlantic to the calm tory to the adult reader.

Pacific; a land embracing every variety of The demand for a popular History of the climate, and a soil capable of producing United States which shall fill a place between almost every product of the earth, from these greater and smaller works has led the the stunted herbage of the frozen regions author to the preparation of this volume. He to the luxuriant fruits of the tropics. The has endeavored to popularize the story of the earth is rich in mineral deposits, from the nation, and at the same time to neglect noth-homely, but invaluable, veins of coal, to beds ing that could in the least contribute to a of the most brilliant and precious minerals. clear and comprehensive understanding of It pours out in streams, oil for burning, gas the subject. He has sought to trace the his- that may be used fresh from the natural tory of the Republic from the discovery of springs, salt that requires but the heat of the the American continent to the present day, sun for its perfection, and beds of pure soda and has endeavored especially to fix the that cover the earth like the dust in the highattention of the reader upon the various influ- ways. In short, all that is needed for the presences which have aided in moulding our ervation and comfort of animal and human national character, and have produced our life exists in this favored land in the greatest distinctive political and moral national traits. ' profusion.

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