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CHAP. V.: Of the Inhabitants of Islands. - Charles Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu, Complete Works, vol. 1 The Spirit of Laws 
The Complete Works of M. de Montesquieu (London: T. Evans, 1777), 4 vols. Vol. 1.
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Of the Inhabitants of Islands.
THE inhabitants of islands have a higher relish for liberty than those of the continent. Islands are commonly of a small∥ extent; one part of the people cannot be so easily employed to oppress the other; the sea separates them from great empires; tyranny cannot so well support itself within a small compass; conquerors are stopped by the sea; and the islanders, being without the reach of their arms, more easily preserve their own laws.
[∥ ]Japan is an exception to this, by its great extent as well as by its slavery.