Canal Or Railroad Between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans: Report February 20, 1849, Volum 2

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Side 400 - ... undertake to open a communication between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans by the construction of a ship canal across the isthmus which connects North and South America, and of securing forever, by such stipulations, the free and equal right of navigating such canal to all such nations, on the payment of such reasonable tolls as may be established, to compensate the capitalists who may engage in such undertaking and complete the work.
Side 400 - Granada for the purpose of effectually protecting by suitable treaty stipulations with them, such individuals or companies as may undertake to open a communication between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans by the construction of a ship canal across the isthmus which connects North and South America, and of securing forever by...
Side 539 - The geographical position of Constantinople is such as rendered her the queen of the ancient world. Occupying, as she does, the central point between Europe, Asia, and Africa, she could become the entrepot of the commerce of all these countries, and obtain over them an immense preponderance; for in politics, as in strategy, a central position always commands the circumference.
Side 62 - But when all the accessory advantages which belong to it — fertile and picturesque dependent country; mildness and salubrity of climate ; connexion with the great interior valley of the Sacramento and San Joaquin ; its vast resources for ship timber, grain and cattle — when these advantages...
Side 400 - That the President of the United States be respectfully requested to consider the expediency of opening negotiations with the governments of other nations, and particularly with the Governments of Central America and New Granada, for the purpose of effectually protecting, by suitable treaty stipulations with them, such individuals or companies as may undertake to open a communication between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans by the construction of a ship canal across the isthmus which connects North...
Side 624 - Asia ; this sea becomes the centre of the world and the focus of the world's commerce. This is a highway that will give vent to commerce, scope to energy, and range to enterprise, which, in a few years hence, will make gay with steam and canvas, parts of the ocean that are now unfrequented and almost unknown.
Side 62 - Joaquin ; its vast resources for ship timber, grain and cattle — when these advantages are taken into the account, with its geographical position on the line of communication with Asia, it rises into an importance far above that of a mere harbor, and deserves a particular notice in any account of maritime California.
Side 403 - Asia would be thereby brought by one-half nearer to Europe, and the passage to all the west coast of America and the Pacific islands shortened in a still greater degree. This revolution in the commerce with Asia and the Pacific ocean, if it were to happen, would aggrandize the country of which we have been treating (California) in an extraordinary manner ; and however distant this era may be, it is not to be supposed that, in the present state of the world, when such rapid progress is making in every...
Side 624 - Sam' will then turn the corner, and England will be distanced. Instead, then, of meeting us in India, China, and even on our own Pacific coast, with the advantage of some ten days...
Side 540 - France, England, and Holland have a great commercial interest in the establishment of a communication between the two oceans, but England has, more than the other powers, a political interest in the execution of this project. England will see with pleasure Central America becoming a powerful and flourishing State, which will establish a balance of power by creating in Spanish America a new centre of active enterprise, powerful enough to give rise to a feeling of nationality, and to prevent, by backing...