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BOOK I.

The Rule of the Trading
Companies.

CHAPTER I.
THE NATIVE RACES.

 

The Old and You all know that the continents of Europe

the New   and America are divided from each other

worlds. by the great Atlantic Ocean. We still sometimes call Europe the Old, and America the New World, but the ease with which we can send news, or travel from one to the other, prevents our thinking much of the great distance between them. Swift steamships cross the ocean in less than a week, and every day messages are telegraphed from one side to the other, so that we can read in the newspapers of events that happened in London or Paris only a few hours before.

An Unknown A little more than four hundred years ago, Land. however, the people who lived in Europe did not know that there was such a continent as America. If one of them had been asked to draw a map of the world, he would have drawn it something like the sketch shown on page 5. What lay beyond the great ocean to

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