“If we are wise enough to preserve the Union we may for ages enjoy an advantage similar to that of an insulated situation. Europe is at a great distance from us.
Her colonies in our vicinity will be likely to continue too much disproportioned in strength to be able to give us any dangerous annoyance. Extensive military establishments cannot, in this position, be necessary to our security.”
– Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 8, “Consequences of Hostilities Between the States,” New York Packet, November 20, 1787; “
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