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WITH A SHOUT ACCOUNT
THE WINDS, TIDES, AIE, &c.
The following Historical Geography, &c, has been compiled in the form of Question and Answer, from the writer's feeling persuaded that there is no better way of imparting knowledge to the young. The Answers are given in as concise a form as possible, and in a style calculated to make an impression on the mind of the pupil; and every subject introduced has been thoroughly elucidated, with a view to save the master the trouble of explanation. With these observations, the compiler commits his book to the scholastic pro« fession, in the hope that it will receive that approbation, of which he has striven to render it deserving.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
GEOGKAPHY, THE GLOBES,
What is geography?
A description of the surface of the earth or globe which we inhabit. The term geography is derived from the Greek words, "Ge" the earth, and "Grapho," to write or describe.
Of how many parts does geography consist?
Two, viz. political and physical geography; the former relates to the division of the earth, as it has been divided by man; and the latter treats of its natural divisions, as oceans, mountains, continents, islands, &c.
What is the area of the earth's surface?
It is estimated to contain about 197 millions of English square miles, of which the water occupies 145£ millions; and the land 51£ millions. There may be other tracts of land not yet discovered, especially within the vicinity of the poles; but this is only conjecture. There is more land in the noithern, than in the southern hemisphere; and in the eastern than in the western hemisphere.