out of the question?
Did all Central and Southern America
, for instance, make a mistake when their successive states declared independence of various European
nations and set up republics?
Or would it have been better had they all remained — as Cuba
is — under the government of Spain
It is very common to see just now, in religious newspapers and in letters from professors, an expression of sincere regret that the Spanish-American
republics generally are not becoming colonies of England
They would, it is thought, be in that case much more happy and prosperous; would have better roads, more shops, stricter laws, would speak a more intelligible dialect, and be less superstitious.
They would have gunboats to protect them; a great many people would come from England
to live among them and teach them manners; they would have pale ale; and there would always be a home government to settle questions.
Would not that be better than to live in their own way and have occasional revolutions?
It is a curious fact that, in spite of all these obvious advantages of the colonial condition, it finds least approval among the very people who ought best to know its value — the colonists