The subtle influence of geography on history
When we observe the facts of history under the light of the influence of the physical shape of the world, it is impossible not to notice the many relations between geography and history. The character of nations, their natural characteristics, their capacity for business and self-government, and the texture of their interrelations, are largely dependent upon such things as climate, rivers, seas and mountains. States along sea shores or great lakes have a vocation for shipbuilding and commercial enterprise, while states separated by mountain ranges or other natural barriers, seem to be divided from one another.
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