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The American farmer (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 11 feb 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. 1902 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. THE ARID BELT. From the 98th meridian West to the Rocky Mountains there is a stretch of country whose history is filled with more tragedy, and whose future is pregnant with greater promise than perhaps any other equal expanse of territory within the confines of the Western Hemisphere. For many years it was marked upon the maps as a great white blank indicating an inhospitable desert. Finally as the territory bordering upon it became more thickly settled and the pressure for land became ever fiercer, the line of settlements encroached more and more upon this stretch of apparently worthless soil. Following the times of occasionally rainy seasons, this line of social advance rose and fell with rain and drouth, like a mighty tide beating against the tremendous wall of the Rockies. And every such wave left behind it a mass of human wreckage in the shape of broken fortunes, deserted farms and ruined homes. This phenomenon has been thus described by one of the best authorities on the subject. (1.) (1.) Frederick H. Newell, Chief Hydrographer of the U. S, Geological Survey. "Irrigation on the Great Plains." "The Great Plains can be characterized as a region of periodical famine. Paradoxical as it may be, the countries where great famines occur are not those of sterility, but rather of excessive fertility and of salubrious climate, inviting a dense population. Like other parts of the globe where dearth is apt to occur, the. soil of the plains is extremely rich, the climate agreeable, everything physical invites a large population and an increase of animal and vegetable life, save in on© essential, and that water. Year after year the water supply may be ample, the forage plants cover the ground with a rank growth, the herd% multiply, the settlers e...

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