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Excerpt from Washington, Shakespeare and St. GeorgeThe Italian Colon (Columbus), was the first discoverer of land in the Western Hemisphere- but the first to visit any spot in what is now the United States, was Cabot, an Englishman hailing from theMoreExcerpt from Washington, Shakespeare and St. GeorgeThe Italian Colon (Columbus), was the first discoverer of land in the Western Hemisphere- but the first to visit any spot in what is now the United States, was Cabot, an Englishman hailing from the port of Bristol, though there is some doubt as to his having been born on British soil. That was the first link in a mighty chain of influences which Englishmen and their institutions have exerted on the history of the United States. It appears prominently in our laws, government processes, social usages, literary and scientific culture, and in our agricultural and commercial development. The past intellectual growth of America was in very large part from the seed of English thought, among the originators of which Shakespeare stands pre-eminent- and its material prosperity would be far less than it is to-day but for the market furnished by the British Isles for the cotton, grain, and animal products of this country. Considerations such as these should render interesting the material presented in the following pages as a small contribution to the wealth of knowledge that will be radiated in and from Chicago during the year of the great Columbian Fair, held to celebrate the lapse of four centuries since the discovery of the New World.In his youth the writer passed some time in the country immediately surrounding the early home of Shakespeare, was several times on the Avon below Stratford, and once had a narrow escape from drowning in its waters.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.