By Garet Garrett
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These early Americans were not thinking how to change the aspect of the world; they were wondering how they were going to create the means of internal communication. This was crucial. A letter from Boston to Charleston might arrive within a month. Travel was by stagecoach, horseback and slow coastwise sailing ships. All roads were terrible and in bad weather impossible. The cost of moving a ton of freight a long distance was prohibitive. There were rivers of course; but the trouble with rivers was that they all ran downstream.
To Europeans and to many Americans also it was like a bad.
New York, Virginia, Rhode Island and North Carolina held out for a while, until they felt the screw. Thus the American established his nation. There a new world history begins, and although he doesn't know it yet he will be its hero. THE AMERICAN STORY If you were leaving him here, not knowing the sequel, you might reasonably say that even if he were a child of destiny, clothed with fabulous immunities, still he would need a great deal of luck. And he did. Again and again he would. see the better way and take the worse; again and again he would be saved as by an inner light his eyes could not see, as by a voice his ears could not hear.