Excerpt from A System of Geography, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 4 of 6
When Germany first attracted the attention of the Romans, it was much colder than it is at present. The Rhine and the Danube were frequently frozen over and capable of supporting the heaviest waggons: and the... rein-deer was a native of those parts, though he. Cannot now sub sist in any country to the south of the Baltic. The extreme cold of ancient Germany was no doubt owing chie¿y to the extensive morasses and forests that covered the surface of the country, and intercepted the rays of the sun. The woods have been long ago cleared, the marshes drained, and the soil cultivated; so that the climate has become more temperate.
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