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Recent European views of the South.Europeans are at length correctly apprehending the real character and claims of the Southern people, and the true causes of the political disturbances that have resulted in the dismemberment of the Union. They begin to understand the relations of the Confederate States to modern civilization. They have been in the habit of looking at America only by the light of the Northern press — They saw only the great North in the foreground, and nothing of the South but the negro in the dark, dim and distant perspective. They saw nothing of this great region, except from the repulsive view of the abolitionists. They had some faint idea of the fact that it furnished cotton, but they confounded it some how with Northern wealth and enterprise; they purchased Southern cotton of the North, and settled with that section for it. The war in making a great disclosure to the European mind. It reveals to that people that the true sources of American power and prosperity are southward. It unveils the fact that one-half the American States are the natural allies of commercial Europe, and that only the Northern half are rivals and competitors. It shows that the shipping which met that of European in every port of the habitable globe belongs only to the North; that the American goods which competed with their own in all the open markets of the world, even the markets of Europe, come altogether from Northern factories. Nay more, it teaches them that the monopoly which the North possessed of the Southern markets and of the Southern coasting trade, built up, enriched and strengthened the Northern manufactures to the degree which enabled that section to wage so successfully with Europe a dangerous rivalry and competition in the branches of enterprise. The merchants and manufacturers of Europe are beginning to see in the South not merely a source for the supply of cotton and other leading staples, but a new market for European goods, heretofore closed against all the world but the North. They are awakening to the fact that in the coasting trade of this great section, a new field for the enterprise of European shipping is now opened, from which it has heretofore been driven off by our jealous navigation laws. It has been the policy of the North to prejudice the European mind against our section, and by every artifice to depreciate us in European estimation. It has been its study to conceal the resources of the South, and to envelope its concerns in a cloud of obscurity and prejudice. As a fortunate prospector in California conceals the discovery of a rich placer from all around, and toils in secrecy and silence by day and night, in extracting its precious nuggets of gold, so that the North with zealous eye kept guard upon the South, while enriching itself from her exhaustless treasuries. The war interrupts this most profitable same of avarice and plunder. It brings the South forth prominently to the eyes of Europe, from the cloud of defamation and ignorance which has enveloped her; and it discloses to Europe that in all matters of commerce, while the North is her natural rival, the South is her natural ally. The spell by which the North hold our section in commercial vassalage has been broken; the machinery by which she turned all our commerce into her own ports, and emptied all our treasure into her own coffers, has been destroyed. The obstacles and barriers by which she had shut out the rest of the world from our trade has been at last thrown down. The very jealousy with which she will now enforce the blockade will teach Europe the value of the jewel thus guarded, and while disclosing the existence and value of the jewels, will also prove that the tenure by which they have been held is lost forever. But the material wealth of the South is not all that the war will disclose to the world. It will demonstrate that we are not the barbarian that we have been represented to be by the Sumners, the Stowes and the Garrisons. Europe will learn that there is a moral wealth at the South superior to any that can be found elsewhere on this continent, and equal to any that exists on that. It will find something more than a community of slave traders and slave drivers — a community alive to the sentiments of honor, to the obligations of religion, and to the tenets of honesty and good faith. As its acquaintance with the South grows, so will its respect for her grow, and its distrust and prejudice will rapidly give way to confidence and esteem.
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