Excerpt from The Russian Shores of the Black Sea in the Autumn of 1852: With a Voyage Down the Volga, and a Tour Through the Country of the Don Cossacks
At a time when the power of Russia seems about to be tested, and its vast resources called into requisition, the shores of ... the Volga are invested with an increased importance, for Russian Tartary is the gran ary of the Empire - If the Imperial forces are again to be matched with the armies of the West, the country of the Don Cossacks possesses an especial claim upon our attention, for the soldiers which are levied from its boundless steppes occupy the most prominent position among Muscovite troops - So long as the independence of Turkey is menaced by its insatiate neighbor, associations of the deepest significance attach to those provinces bordering upon the Black Sea which Russia has appro priated to herself within the last sixty years, and which compose a ter ritory as extensive as all that remains in Europe of the ill-fated empire from which they have been plundered.
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