The Origin of the North American Indians
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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC
By: John McIntosh
Excerpt from book: ORIGIN OF THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS. Having given an account of the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus, we shall now proceed to account for the peopling of this continent. When America was discovered, it was found inhabited by a race of people, no less different from the inhabitants of Europe, Africa, and the greater part of Asia, than the climate and natural productions of the new world are different from those of the old. To trace the descent of the red men who are melting, as was said by one of their most celebrated warriors, "like snow before the sun," and perpetuate their national character on the page of history, before they totally disappear as a portion of the human race, will, we have no doubt, be no less gratifying to the scientific than to the curious. In perambulating this labyrinth of obscurity and antiquity : no safer guide can be offered us, than a portrait of the char- acteristical features of the Indians, which, when compared with the national character of some Asiatic tribes, will, by the resemblance which, in their manners, habits, and customs they bear to each other, lead us to the original scource The noted Miami chief Mishikinakwa, or Little Turtle who contributed most to the defeat of St. Glair. whence sprang the North American Indians. The European colonies in America hare now become too numerous and too powerful to fear the effects of savage barbarity, and when fear ceases contempt is the natural consequence. While the Indians are thus despised and forgotten as the original proprietors of this vast continent, which has served as a refuge to the oppressed inhabitants of Europe, in general they are by many deemed unworthy the attention of the antiquary. The Indians, it is true, cannot be classed among civilized nations, who cultivat...