held a territory covering three millions of square miles, and a population counting more than four hundred million souls.
But what a change has taken place!
has been standing still, while England
, and America
have been conquering, planting, and annexing lands.
Look at the group of powers which occupy areas of surface counting above a million square miles each:--
|Great Britain ||8,000,000 square miles||224,000,000 souls.|
|Russia ||7,000,000||74,000,000 souls.|
|Unites States||3,000,000||40,000,000 souls.|
The British Empire has a larger territory than Russia
, a population second only to that of China
America is treading in the footsteps of her parent, taking up her own, as a loadstone takes up its own. The greater draws, annexes, and absorbs the less.
Some months ago, Lord Dufferin, Governor-General
, annexed the whole region, known and unknown, stretching from the recognised frontier of British America towards the North Pole; and, some months hence, either President Grant
or his successor at the White House
, will annex the great provinces of Lower California
, and Chihuahua