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Early geography schoolbooks such as this one gave children of the time (who had no TV, radio or movies and few newspapers) a "window to the world." Geography books also gave the children an introduction to the states and territories of the newly formed American Republic (Massachusetts, at this time, is described on Page 3 ). Special attention was often paid in geography books to "latest discoveries." You will note on Page 2 of this book "A New Map of the World" which still has many blank areas, especially near the north and south poles, which had not yet been explored. Early geography books also often had histories. This one has a "Chronological Table of Remarkable Events", from the Creation to the present time.