The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 16, July 1912 - April, 1913 Page: 74
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74 The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
the buccaneers of the seventeenth. The canal at Panama has
many justifications but principally is it important, in the eyes of
a Californian, because it brings Europe as near as is physically
possible to his own shores.
I have now indicated the lines of approach that have been fol-
lowed by Europeans in reaching the remote coast of California.
With the other half of the subject, the lines of approach by which
the peoples of Asia have reached the same place, it is not a present
intention to speak further than to say that the expansion of ori-
ental nations has more than once brought European civilization
to the test, and that the brunt of a great oriental expansion con-
fronts this western outpost of European civilization. It can not
be supposed that laws of our own promulgation will of themselves
afford us protection when the dense masses of China, for example,
discover that the barrier of the ocean is no longer impassable.
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