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General view of the Continent- The Gulf Coast- The Eastern
Coast–The Pacific Coast–The shores of the Arctic Ocean
THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN SYSTEM.
General features—General geographical structure-White Mountains
-Green Mountains - The Adirondacks- The Alleghanies in
Pennsylvania—The Black Mountains of North Carolina–Vegeta-
tion of the Appalachian ranges — Geology of the Appalachian
region-Mineral resources of the Appalachian region—The Ap-
palachian coal-fields—The petroleum districts
THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY.
Extent-General features-Lake Itasca—Course of the Mississippi -
Secondary tributaries of the Mississippi—The Mississippi Basin
-The Prairies — Geology of the Mississippi Valley - Mineral
resources of the Mississippi Valley-Coal-fields of the Mississippi
Valley—Iron-Lead—The salt-mines of Louisiana—The Great
Lakes and the St. Lawrence River-Lake Superior—Lake Huron
- Lake Michigan - Niagara River and Falls — Geology of the
region of the Great Lakes
THE CORDILLERAN PLATEAU.
General geographical features—Climate of the Cordilleran Plateau-
Natural vegetation of the Cordilleran Plateau
THE GREAT PLAINS.
Their physical aspect—The Llano Estacado—The Plains in British
America— Bad lands—Vegetation — The Fauna — The buffalo-
Geology of the Great Plains
THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS.
General divisions of the Cordillera system—The northern section of
the Rocky Mountains in the United States—The Yellowstone
National Park-Geysers and hot springs—The White Mountain
Springs—The Geyser Basin on the Firehole River-Old Faithful
- The Beehive-Giantess — Castle – Grand Geyser - Turban
Geyser—Giant Geyser-Grotto Geyser-Lower Geyser Basin-
The Shoshone Geyser Basin-The Minute Man-Red Mountain
Springs–Gibbon Geysers—The Grand Cañon and Falls of the
Yellowstone — The Missouri Valley - The Grand Falls of the
Missouri — The Wind River and Yellowstone Ranges-Snake
River— The Snake River Plains— The Big Horn Mountains,
The Continental Watershed from South to Bridger's Pass—The
southern section of the Rocky Mountains— The Colorado or
Front Range—The Sangre de Cristo Range—The Parks—North
Park—The Laramie Plains — Middle Park-South Park - The
San Luis Valley—The Park Range— The Sawatch and Elk
Ranges—The San Juan Range—The Continental Divide
THE PLATEAU REGION OF THE COLORADO RIVER.
General view--The Cañons of the Colorado and Green-Running a
rapid-Fauna and Flora of the Plateau Region
THE GREAT BASIN.
Its general appearance—The Wahsatch Range-The Basin Ranges,
Great Salt Lake-Death Valley
THE PACIFIC RANGES.
In general — The Cascade Range - Results of the latest surveys-
Mount Rainier-Glaciers-Mount Shasta–The Sierra Nevada-
The Yosemite Valley—The Coast Ranges—The Sacramento and
San Joaquin Valley—The vegetation of the Sierra—The “Big
Trees "-Agricultural resources of the Cordilleran Region 110
GEOLOGY OF THE CORDILLERAN PLATEAU.
General review-Rocky Mountains—The Plateau Region—The Basin
Region - The Sierra Nevada, Coast, and Cascade Ranges--
Mineral resources of the Cordilleras — Gold— Methods of gold mining-Silver—The Comstock lode and Virginia City-Utah, Idaho, and Colorado-Leadville, Colorado-Coal
General discovery and first settlement — Rise of the English and
French settlements—Spread of the English power-Democratic
and religious character of the early English settlements Politi-
cal enfranchisement and adoption of Republican principles
Federal Union-Progress of events—Spread of the Union to the
Pacific—The Civil War-Its causes and results-Reconstruction
of the Union
EXTENT AND POPULATION.
Boundaries and extent-Population-Distribution of the population
- American cities New York City, Philadelphia — Baltimore,
the Monumental City-Washington—Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit,
Pittsburg, Cincinnati—St. Louis and Chicago-San Francisco . 179
THE POPULATION AND ITS VARIOUS ELEMENTS.
Statistics of the native and foreign elements-Native Americans-
The German element–The Irish element–The Whites of the
Southern States—The Negro—The Chinese in the States—Their
good qualities–Degraded habits and vices of the Celestials-
Social state of the Californian Chinese - The Japanese in
Statistics of the settled and nomad tribes—Pueblos-Moquis—The
nomadic tribes — Characteristic traits of the Indian - Are the
Indians dying out ?— The predatory tribes of the West Indian
Territory–Half-breeds—The unwritten history of America—The
Mound-Builders—Ruins in the South-Western Territories
Classes of society-Public instruction—The schools—Defects of the
system-Colleges and universities—Sectarian spirit of the private
The Christian religion-Eccentric forms of religious development-
The Shakers : their history and constitution—The Inspirationist,
Perfectionist, etc.—The Jehovah People—Mormonism—Joseph
Smith—"The Book of Mormon”–Nauvoo—Brigham Young,
"The Lion of the Lord "-Deseret—Polygamy-Constitution of
Agriculture—Maize, oats, potatoes, etc.—Wine and tobacco—The
plantations—Cotton and sugar—Cattle-breeding Farm stock-
Timber-Reckless destruction of the forest—Hunting and fishing
- Manufactures Mercantile interests—Decline of the American
carrying trade-Inland trade-Railways and canals-National
wealth and liabilities
The Federal Constitution-Congress—The Executive–The President
-The Judiciary-Constitution of the States and Territories—The
Cabinet-Revenue and expenditure-Land and sea forces 270
THE TERRITORY OF ALASKA.
Physical aspect of the country-Inhabitants—Indians-Eskimos-
Agricultural prospects — Natural resources—The fur trade
Geology and mineral resources
THE DOMINION OF CANADA AND
Boundaries and area—The Atlantic Coast–The shores of Hudson Bay
-The Arctic Coast–The Pacific Coast–Queen Charlotte Islands 289
General features—The Acadian Highlands—The Shickshock, Notre
Dame, and Laurentide Mountains — Rocky Mountains — The
Cascades, Coast, and Gold Ranges of British Columbia
THE RIVERS AND LAKES.
General features and extent-The River St. Lawrence-Tributaries of
the St. Lawrence Lake Ontario-Lake Erie-Lake Huron and
Georgian Bay–Lake Superior-Lake Nipigon.