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The Imperial Department of Agriculture in the West Indies1

Nature volume 85, pages 418420 (26 January 1911) | Download Citation



IN recent years the productions of tropical countries have formed an appreciable proportion of the raw material for the manufacturing industries on which the prosperity of this country depends. It is admitted that the British are in possession of some of the richest portions of the tropics, and therefore their development is a matter of great imperial interest. Our responsibilities can hardly be realised; but if our commercial supremacy depends upon the control of the tropics, we cannot relieve ourselves of responsibility either in the interest of our possessions or in our own interests.

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