IO THE INHABITANTS OF THE PHILIPPINES
Brought forward . Visayas, etc.
Sq. Miles. 50,242
Panay Negros Ceb . Bohol. Leyte . Samar
4,898 3,592 2,285 1,226 3,7o6 5,182
* Mindanao .
* Palawan and Balabac Calamianes Islands
34,456 5,963 640
Area of principal islands
The Spanish official estimate of the area of the whole Archipelago is 114,214 square miles t equivalent to 73,000,000 acres, so that the remaining islands ought to measure between them something over 2000 square miles.
Lest I should be taxed with exaggeration when I record my impressions of the beauty and potential wealth of the Archipelago, so far as I have seen it ; I shall commence by citing the opinions of some who, at different times, have visited the islands.
I think I cannot do better than give precedence to the impressions of two French gentlemen who seem to me to have done justice to the subject, then cite the calm judgment of a learned and sagacious Teuton, and lastly quote from the laboured paragraphs of a much-travelled cosmopolite, at one time Her Britannic Majesty's Consul at Manila.
Monsieur Dumont D'Urville says: "The Philippines, and above all Luzon, have nothing in this world to equal them in climate, beauty of landscape, and fertility of soil. Luzon is the finest diamond that the Spanish adventurers have ever found.
" It has remained uncut in their hands ; but deliver over Luzon to British activity and tolerance, or else to the laborious tenacity of the Dutch Creoles, and you will see what will come out of this marvellous gem."
t England has 51,000 square miles area; Wales, 7378; Ireland, 31,759 ; Scotland, nearly 30,000. Total, Great Britain and Ireland, etc., 121,000 square miles.
Beauty and Fertility.Beauty and Fertility.