This trade is one of the most picturesque chapters in border history, and picturesque in retrospect, too, is the army of emigrants crossing the continent in " prairie schooners " to California or Utah, of whom almost all went through Kansas.
The people are excellent shipwrights and do a considerable trade in schooners built of native wood.
They have made such progress in their art that they have even built seaworthy little schooners of 30 to 40 tons.
At the beginning of the 10th century most of the ocean-going steamers were owned in Germany or the United States; British enterprise being chiefly represented by schooners trading from Jamaica to Bluefields and Greytown.
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