Madras and Harbor, India

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Description
India looks like a great V on the map. The point of the V is not far from the Equator. The extreme northern part of the Indian Empire is 800 miles north of the Tropic of Cancer. From east to west the Empire extends some 2,000 miles. It is one-half the size of the Dominion of Canada. But it contains 45 times as many people as Canada does. Its population is three times as great as that of the United States. India is one of the finest of Great Britain's colonies. In such a great country all kinds of climate, productions, and people may be found. In the north are the great Himalayas (h-mä´ lå-yå) Mountains-the highest in the world. Here you would find eternal snow. In the south is the hot belt-the home of the darker races of the country. The city of Madras, here shown, is in the hot belt. Locate it. Madras is larger than Baltimore. It is not a closely-built city, but is scattered over a great area. It has no natural harbor to speak of, but it is one of the important Indian ports. A great breakwater protects ships in the harbor. But it is not a very safe port on account of cyclones. It exports hides, rice, spices, indigo, tobacco, tea, sugar, and cotton. The city is divided into many sections. There is a part of it called Black Town. Here the native Hindus live. There is a European quarter, a business section, etc. In the view you are looking out over the business part toward the harbor. Madras is rich in fine temples, churches, and mosques. It is an old, old city, formerly ruled by native princes. France and England fought for a long time for it, but England finally won. It has been in British hands since 1748. Name four of Great Britain's colonies. Keystone ID: 12501 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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