National Geographic : 1920 Jul
THE CHARM OF CAPE BRETON ISLAND Drawn by A. H. Bumstead A MAP OF1 CAPE BRETON ISLAND Of all the ports on the Atlantic seaboard, Cape Breton's are the nearest to the shipping centers of Europe and Africa. Owing to the island's easterly projection, its ports are also nearer those of South America than others on the North Atlantic coast (note small inset map). of a great commercial future as in the heritage of an historic past. CAPE BRETON'S HISTORY IS WAR HISTORY Two centuries ago her commanding position with reference to the trade of the St. Lawrence and the West Indies made Cape Breton an issue in world poli tics, an issue sometimes disturbing the peace of Europe and upsetting the treaties of the Powers-"the few acres of snow" for which, according to Voltaire, France and England made piratical war. The fortunes of the little island, now under the red cross of St. George, now under the golden lilies of France, are a part of the continent's history-the greater part of it a war history.