Irrigation (Classic Reprint)

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Irrigation existed in Egypt before the pyramids were erected. It has fed the millions of Asia since the creation of the world. It nurtured Rome into existence, and was practiced in America before Columbus discovered the New World, and yet the people of the United States east of the Mississippi river know but little about it - and care less.

The Moors introduced irrigation into Spain, and the Spaniards imported an imperfect system of irrigation into Mexico, Texas, California, etc. The Valley of the Nile has yielded its fruitful abundance from irrigated lands for countless ages, and Cato wrote learnedly advocating its introduction into Italy; but the greatest achievement of modern times has been the improvement of the system of irrigation in the East Indies, by the British Government of India. Irrigation in the East Indies antedates all history; the Great Mogul gave it a grand impetus during the magnificence of his reign.

When the British Government (after the Sepoy mutiny) took over the control of more than two hundred and fifty millions of subjects in India, the first duty of Statesmanship was to provide labor and food for the people, and this has been accomplished by the extension of a system of irrigating canals unequalled in the world. Famine in India is rendered impossible, as long as the Himalayas give their melted snows to fructify the Indian valleys. The Ganges Canal, with its branches, is three thousand five hundred miles long.

Among other duties in the service of the Government of the United States, it was a pleasure, nearly twenty years ago, to investigate and report upon the system of irrigation throughout Asia; and in this service I learned much in Japan, China, India, Persia, Arabia and Egypt; and subsequently observed much on the subject in Italy and Spain. In California as early as 1850, it gratified a youthful curiosity to follow the irrigating ditches which those primitive people had made, and subsequently the grand irrigating canals in Arizona and Northern Mexico excited a livley interest in a lost and perished race, who have left little or no other evidence of their existence upon earth.

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EAN: 9781330499290
ISBN: 1330499298
Untertitel: Paperback. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Forgotten Books
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2015
Seitenanzahl: 36 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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