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New Zealand after fifty years

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1889 Excerpt: ... XII. THE FUTURE OF THE COLONY. The future is proverbially the heritage of the young, and especially is it the heritage of young countries. The colonists of New Zealand may well look back with pride upon their country's short past: while the few survivors of its founders may sing their Nunc dimittis with perfect satisfaction. If any man in 1839 had foretold that New Zealand would be in 1889 what it actually is, he would have been laughed at for the wildest of visionaries. So any one who is bold enough to forecast the condition of the colony in 1939 must expect to meet with little credence, but to be looked on merely as a heated enthusiast. Yet we know what has happened during the first fifty years of the colony's existence: and this book records it. Why cannot we believe that the progress of the colony in the future will be as great as it has been in the past? The overwhelming probability is that it will be much greater, that is to say, that the colony will progress, as it has been progressing, in a constantly increasing ratio. The first fifty years in the history of any new country necessarily constitute its most trying period. The fewness and poverty of its settlers, the isolation of the settlements, the scarcity and costliness of commodities, the perils or terrors of enemies or of natural obstacles, the want of markets for produce,--A all these causes and a hundred others, tend in the aggregate to create at the outset, and for many years afterwards, a sea of difficulties which might well appal any but the stoutest hearts. The colony enters upon its second half-century free from them all. It is a common thine to hear the heavy indebtedness of New Zealand spoken of with alarm and reprobation, as if it were a burden which the colony would never be able to st...
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  • Edward Wakefield (Author)
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