Poor means of communication have always been a great handicap to the industries of the island.
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The real handicap of the western counties would be shown in comparing aggregate yields per given area; for much land is normally inarable.
Had still further economies been practised (in the Struma valley for instance) this handicap might have disappeared.
The fact that its product is shut out of its natural markets, without gaining that of the United States, is also a great handicap. The civic status of the people is still unsettled, but there has been under American rule a notable advance in the well-being of the island.