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Observations on the Present State of the Affairs of the River Plate

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Author: Thomas Baines
Published: 1845
Language: English
Wordcount: 16,372 / 55 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 25.2
LoC Category: F
Downloads: 414
Added to site: 2010.08.02
mnybks.net#: 28606
Genre: War
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, as zealously and as successfully as the Buenos Ayrean Government has laboured to narrow and impede the old ones. The Buenos Ayrean Government has been warned repeatedly by its warmest friends of the consequences which would result from its illiberal commercial policy; but they might just as well have reasoned with the winds; for, the only effect of the contrast between the rapidly increasing prosperity of Monte Video and the declining state of Buenos Ayres, has been to excite the most deadly hatred and jealousy towards Monte Video on the part of the Buenos Ayrean Government, and a settled determination to drag down that rapidly improving city to its own level. The following sketch of the commercial policy of the two countries will show what have been the principal causes of the prosperity of Monte Video, and what of the decline of Buenos Ayres; and also how strong a claim the policy of the former gives it on the sympathy and support of this country.

A large portion of the revenue, both of Monte Video

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