National Geographic : 1906 Dec
LATIN AMERICA AND COLOMBIA 695 Hand Propelled Freight Boat for Shallow Tributaries of Magdalena-Large river steamer in background LATIN AMERICA MAKING RAPID PROGRESS Many of our sister republics are now making a progress that challenges the attention and respect of the world. Some of them are going forward with such splendid energy that they are running a close race with the past records of the United States and the present achieve ments of Japan. Others are on the verge of a progressive growth that will aston ish skeptical critics of the Latin race and delight knowing admirers of their latent possibilties. In short, it is safe to predict a forward movement during the next decade for the Latin American republics that will give them a position and prominence among the nations of the earth not thought pos sible a few years ago. It will bring to them a commerce for which the United States and Europe will compete with every resource at their command. APPRECIATION. OF LATIN AMERICA The speaker admits that he seems to talk with an element of prejudice. Frankly, he likes Latin America and the Latin peoples! The more he sees of them the better he respects them. Would that more North Americans could become better acquainted with South Americans, study more intimately their impulses, am bitions, hopes, achievements, and see things from the Latin-American stand point. Otherwise expressed, it would be a signal blessing to international Pan American accord, and it would inaugu rate immediately a new era in the rela tions of the United States with her sister American republics, if, in thinking, writ ing, and speaking of them, their peoples, and their politics, we could follow the old Biblical adage and remove the beam from our own eye before looking for the moat in that of the Latin American.