, over towards Japan
, but on the peaks and summits stretching from the Adirondack
to the Blue Ridge
, a village only nine years old, stood in the desert.
A man who ventured down the Ohio
in a canoe was honoured as an explorer.
On the spots where Wheeling
stand to-day, with their schools and churches, railways and manufactories, the adventurer saw the smoke of Indian fires, and heard the war-whoop of Indian camps.
Red men hunted buffalo on the plains of Indiana
, paddled canoes down the Ohio
, and snared fish in the tributaries of the Big Drink.
South of the young Republic stood a watchful and suspicious enemy, who was all the more difficult to treat since she had formerly been a friend.
held the mouth of the Mississippi
, and, in her ignorance of true political science, she had practically closed that artery of commerce to Americans
In a country without canals, and with hardly any roads, free use of the great river was a first condition of settlement in the Mississippi Valley
, and nothing like a free use of that river could be obtained from the French
viceroys reigning at New Orleans.
By nature and events alike the young Republic seemed