National Geographic : 1922 Jan
96 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE of the World War-are poking their newly painted noses into every harbor of the world. Look at a Shipping Board chart and see how our lines encircle the earth. s a With a trained, alert consul in every for © eign port, his big freighters on every sea Sand a navy to protect them, Uncle Sam has indeed fully atoned for the misfor tunes of the sixties; he has vindicated himself and recovered his rightful place a among sea-traders. But to hold this place he knows he must fight, fight boldly, skillfully, and \ doggedly, with all the deft weapons of commerce and diplomacy; for the war so Upset world economics that he now finds himself in an unprecedented international position. < Other nations owe him more than ten billion dollars-three times his own na tional debt in 1914. A swiftly rising im Smigrant tide flows to America in a human stream from all the lands of Europe. . Every week our factories turn out ship Sloads of goods above our own require o ments, for which we must find markets Abroad, in competition not only with our u late allies but with other nations now Struggling desperately for economic life. THE STELLAR ROLE OF TIIE AMERICAN CONSUL IN TIIE DRAMA OF TRADE U And now, as in that keenly competitive commercial era of the old Venetian Traders, no actor plays a more interesting 5 or adventurous role than the consul. . In this war-after-the-war, this big bat < tle for world trade, our consuls are scouts S and reporters in foreign lands. They keep us informed by mail and cable not only on every phase of our own foreign business, but on the activities of world N competitors, so that we may shape our policies accordingly. In the State Department at Washing ton there's a big map of the world bris tling with colored pins, like a war map z of the general staff. This map shows where our consuls are posted. There is Sa dense flock of pins covering Europe and Latin America and thin patches over z Africa and Asia. These pins indicate how enormously trade is ruled by the peculiarities of the map and the distribution of various races and industries.