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ing the English no trading house in the bay, except that of which, in 1685, they had dispossessed the French at Port Nelson.
That post remained to the English; but the sons of Lemoine intercepted the forces which were sent to proclaim William of Orange monarch over jagged cliffs,
1689. and deep ravines never warmed by a sunbeam,—over the glaciers and mountains, the rivers and tradinghouses in Hudson's Bay.
Exulting in their success, they returned to Quebec.
In the east, blood was first shelso presented to King William in council, and the members were unanimous in the opinion, that the settling of the banks of the Mississippi should be encouraged.
I will leap over twenty stumbling-blocks, rather than not effect it, said William of Orange; and
Coxe's Carolana. he often assured the proprietor of his willingness to send over, at his own cost, several hundred Huguenot and Vaudois refugees.
But England was never destined to acquire more than a nominal possession of the Mississippi;
hysical force, but by the power of established interests, usages, and religion, and in some measure on sufferance, at the will of the maritime powers which aspired to the dominion of the seas.
Great Britain, moreover, remained in possession of Gibraltar, her strongest fortress, the key to the Mediterranean.
By insisting on the cession of the Spanish Netherlands to Austria, England lost its only hold on Spain; and by taking Gibraltar, it made Spain its implacable enemy.
Again: by the peace Gibraltar, it made Spain its implacable enemy.
Again: by the peace of Utrecht, Belgium was compelled to forego the advantages with which she had been endowed by the God of nature; to gratify commercial jealousy, Antwerp was denied the use of the deep waters that flowed by her walls; and afterwards the Austrian efforts at trade with the East Indies were suffocated in their infancy.
This policy was an open violation of international justice,—a fraud upon humanity,—a restriction, by covenant, of national industry and prosperity.
It was a pledge that Belgium wou