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The Andes and the Amazon

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Peru, almost alone of her neighbours in South America, possesses this characteristic. If She consisted only of a strip of coast-zone between the Andes and the sea, such as is Chile, she would have a much less important future. Brazil, with her vast area of territory, has no outlet or dominion on the Pacific. Bolivia is entirely surrounded by the territories of other States since her Pacific seaport of Antofagasta was taken by Chile, although she still enjoys a portion of navigable waters of the af uents of the Amazon. Ecuador borders only upon the Pacific, although the result of the arbitration Of her dispute with Peru may allot her a strip of territory which includes navigable arms of the Maranon, so giving access to the main stream of the Amazon. Colombia alone fronts upon two oceans - the Pacific and the Caribbean Sea; but she has lost the sovereignty of the isthmus of Panama. Venezuela is a country Without communication upon the Pacific or the Amazon; her interests are upon the Caribbean Sea and the Orinoco.

The geographical Situation Of Peru is, then, favourable to future development, and it is only a question of time before the tide of human activity sets that way. Let us consider some of the physical features Of the country.

The Pacific coast-line of Peru is about miles in length, from its boundary in the north with Ecuador, to that in the south with Chile; that is, from Santa Rosa to the valley of Camarones. Its northernmost coast point is near latitude 3° south, and its southernmost near latitude 18° south. AS to its longitude it lies between 62° and 81° west of Greenwich.1 It is to be recollected that South America as a whole is almost totally east of North America; and Lima, the capital of Peru, is east of the capital of the United States - Washington.

Along this coast-line there are many harbours and ports, whence produce is shipped and goods disembarked. Some of these are splendid harbours, especially Callao.

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Titel: The Andes and the Amazon
Untertitel: Life and Travel in Peru (Classic Reprint)
EAN: 9781331982609
ISBN: 133198260X
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Genre: Geschichte
Anzahl Seiten: 516
Gewicht: 684g
Größe: H229mm x B152mm x T27mm
Jahr: 2015



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