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McLeod, Donald / History of Wiskonsan, from its first discovery to the present period, including a geological and topographical description of the territory with a correct catalogue of all its plants

Chapter III,   pp. 52-71 PDF (3.3 MB)

Page 52

all the world; with the Atlantic for its citizens' high-
way to Europe, and the Pacific for their approach to
Asia-their mighty rivers, rising cities, populous villa-
ges, increasing colleges, temples of public worship, and
adult and infant schools: what is wanting, but time, to
place this great republic at the head of those nations
of the old world, who less than a century ago, derided
its intelligence and its strength, to both of which, it
has long since compelled them to pay the homage that
was justly due.
  Happy America! land of the free, brave and benev-
olent; who, without distinction of persons, grants liberty
to every one in all its political forms, freedom of reli-
gion, freedom of the press, and freedom of person.
May thy enemies be few, short-lived, and far between.
                  CHAPTER III.
  The Territory of Wiskonsan has, in some places, an
uneven, but by no means a mountainous surface. It
consists of an intermixture of oak openings, prairie and
timber lands, diversified with gentle undulations, and
bold swells; irrigated with numerous clear and beauti-
ful streams, some of the most important discharging
their waters into the great Mississippi, and the others
into Lake Michigan. The soil is generally rich and
fertile, producing every species of English grain, pulse
and bulbous roots, in luxuriant abundance, with little
trouble. The climate is temperate and healthy; the

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