Discussion of foreign national parks is difficult for several reasons. First, many of the so-called "national parks" were and are not national parks at all, but small areas, perhaps quite like municipal or local parks, without great scenic value, often largely or entirely unprotected, sometimes open to grazing, hunting, mining, lumbering, or even farming. In the second place there were changes in the numbers and areas of the parks abroad, just as in the United States, and in the kind of administration and protection afforded. In spite of these difficulties it seems worth while to consider national parks in foreign countries briefly.