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America Across the Seas

America Across the Seas

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Excerpt from America Across the Seas: Our Colonial Empire

As attractive, perhaps, as any other land under the Stars and Stripes arc the vast unknown Philippines - the Philippines outside the cities, which present a phase of the archipelago that Americans in the islands are just beginning to appreciate but with which the people of the United States are almost as unfamiliar as they are with the black heart of Africa.

The difference between the Europeanized and Americanized Philippines and the unknown Philippines is simply tremendous. It is a political, sociological, industrial, economical, and, in some measure, an ethnological difference. And, we may say, the difference is topographic and climatic, so great is the gulf between the real natural features of the archipelago and the current descriptive fiction which passes as reality; yet it is easy to arrive at the reasons for our faulty knowledge, for those general ideas which were not gathered during the haze of the insurrection have been gained from
descriptions of Manila and other of the larger centers, and the immediate country about them. A stranger may obtain a far better idea of the United States and the vastness of its resources by visiting in New York alone, than he would gain of the Philippines who spends six or eight weeks in Manila, Hilo, and Cebu.

Picture, if you will, the huge Philippines, seven thousand square miles larger than the British isles, though with but one-fifth of England's population. An insignificant proportion of their eight million Malay peoples dwell in great cities; the rest live in scattered hamlets and communities along the seacoasts and in the great interior valleys and plains.

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