When we think of the United States in the 18th and 19th centuries, we think that its aspirations lay with the Europeans. After all, many of the great thinkers of Yankeedom identified with France and went to school in Europe. But believe it our not, there were Americans in the 19th century who thought the Americas’ future lay in alliances with China and Russia. One such person was William Gilpin who aspired to build a land bridge around the world. He anticipated China’s Belt Road Initative by well over 100 years.
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