Three Years Travels Throughout the Interior Parts of North America: For More Than Five Thousand Miles, Containing an Account of the Great Lakes, and All the Lakes, Islands, and Rivers...of the North West Regions of that Vast Continent... Together with a Concise History of the Genius, Manners, and Customs of the Indians Inhabiting the Lands Adjacent to the Heads and to the Westward of the Great River Mississippi: and an Appendix, Describing the Uncultivated Parts of America, that are the Most Proper for Forming Settlements
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Page 179 - I had left this shocking scene but a few yards, when a fine boy about twelve years of age, that had hitherto...
Page 167 - All sung the war-song, and, burning with impatience to imbrue their hands in the blood of their enemies, rushed down among innocent and defenceless families on the frontiers of Carolina, where men, women, and children, without distinction, fell a sacrifice to their merciless fury. Such of the whites as fled to the woods, and escaped the scalping-knife, perished with hunger.
Page 75 - ... had been hewn ; the water was at this time as pure and transparent as air, and my canoe seemed as if it hung suspended in that element. It was impossible to look attentively through this limpid medium, at the rocks below, without finding, before many minutes were elapsed, your head swim and your eyes no longer able to behold the dazzling scene.
Page 174 - With thefe he made a gallant defence, and probably would have been able at laft to preferve the Fort, had he been properly fupported, and permitted to continue his efforts. On every...
Page 213 - Spirit: and they look up to him as the source of good from whence no evil can proceed. They also believe in a bad Spirit, to whom they ascribe great power ; and suppose that through his power all the evils, which befall mankind are inflicted.
Page 138 - THEY call the month of March (in which their year generally begins at the first new moon after the vernal equinox) the worm month or moon ; because at this time the worms quit their retreats in the bark of the trees, wood, &c. where they have sheltered themselves during the winter. "The month of April is termed by them the month of plants. May, the month of flowers. June, the hot moon. July, the buck moon. Their reason for thus denominating these is obvious. " August, the sturgeon moon ; because...
Page 226 - Roman matron, made an impression on my mind greatly in favour of the people to whom she belonged, and tended not a little to counteract the prejudices I had hitherto entertained, in common with every other traveller, of Indian insensibility and want of parental tenderness.
Page 37 - Indians ; though these people have no fixed residence, living in tents, and abiding but a few months on one spot, yet they always bring the bones of their dead to this place ; which they take the opportunity of doing, when the chiefs meet to hold their councils, and to settle all public affairs for the ensuing summer.
Page 89 - At last, on receiving a promise that the intelligence she was about to give him should not turn to her prejudice; and that if it appeared to be beneficial, she should be rewarded for it, she informed him, that at the council to be held with the Indians the following day, Pontiac and his chiefs intended to murder him ; and, after having massacred the garrison and inhabitants, to plunder the town. That for this purpose, all the chiefs who were to be admitted into the...