XVIII.5 On island peoples

, par Stewart

Island peoples have more affinity for liberty than continental peoples. Islands are ordinarily relatively small [1] ; part of the people cannot be so well employed oppressing the rest ; the sea separates them from the great empires, and one tyranny cannot come to the aid of another ; conquerors are halted by the sea, the islanders are not caught up in the conquest, and more easily preserve their laws.