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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
page 453

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CHAPTER XIX POLITICAL REFLECTIONS. I N the foregoing chapters I have endeavoured to describe the present condition of Cyprus, exhibiting! the actual resources of the island, together with thej numerous disadvantages resulting from a peculiaritjj of climate, and the total neglect of all public world during the Ottoman rule of three centuries. It vM be remarked that nothing of value exists beyond th< agricultural productions, which are now precariou: through the uncertainty of seasons ; the metallic wealtl has either been exhausted by the ancient miners, ο it remains to be developed ; the forests have beei destroyed ; the harbours have been clogged by silt the communications are confined to pack animals ii the general absence of roads and bridges. Yet, not withstanding this neglected condition of the islanc the revenue has yielded an average of about ,£200,00 annually, or as nearly as possible one pound sterlin per head of the entire population. An increase of revenue can only result from corresponding advance in material prosperity, whic must depend upon an influx of capital that w i develop the agricultural resources upon which Cypn will mainly depend. There are some few collater;

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