The district west of the Apennines, a region of great beauty and fertility, though inferior in productiveness to Northern Italy, coincides in a general way with the countries familiar to all students of ancient history as Etruria and Latium.
Hausted it that its productiveness has sadly deteriorated.
To this Baal the productiveness of the soil was due.
Its climate is less hot and arid, its natural productiveness much greater, and its population more settled and on the whole more advanced.
Inspection of a field of cotton shows that different plants vary as regards productiveness, length, and character of the lint, period of ripening, power of resistance to various pests and of withstanding drought.