Views of Louisiana: Containing Geographical, Statistical and Historical Notices of that Vast and Important Portion of America

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Schaeffer & Maund, 1817 - Indians of North America - 323 pages
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Page 2 - An Act for the encouragement of learning by securing the copies of maps charts and books to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned,'* and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing engraving and etching historical and other prints, PHILIP MOORE.
Page 58 - Parma, the colony or province of Louisiana, with the same extent that it now has in the hands of Spain, and that it had when France possessed it, and such as it should be after the treaties subsequently entered into between Spain and other States.
Page 2 - BBOWN, of the said district, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as author, in the words following, to wit : " Sertorius : or, the Roman Patriot.
Page 172 - In fifteen minutes I found myself in the midst of a group of mounds, mostly of a circular shape and at a distance, resembling enormous haystacks scattered through a meadow : one of the largest, which I ascended, was about two hundred paces in circumference at the bottom, the form nearly square, though it had evidently undergone considerable alteration from the washing of rains ; the top was level, with an area sufficient to contain several hundred men.
Page 81 - There is a tract of country," he says, " of about seventy-five miles square, in which nature has displayed a great variety of the most strange and whimsical vagaries. It is an assemblage of beautiful meadows, verdant ridges, and misshapen piles of red clay, thrown together in the utmost apparent confusion ; yet affording the most pleasing harmonies, and presenting in every direction an endless variety of curious and interesting objects. " After winding along for a few miles on the high ridges, you...
Page 214 - It seems wisely ordered that in the part which is weakest, where the force of the laws is scarcely felt, there should be found the greatest sum of real courage, and of disinterested virtue. Few young men who have migrated to the frontier are without merit. From the firm conviction of its future importance, generous and enterprising youth, the virtuous, unfortunate and those of moderate patrimony, repair to it that they may grow up with the country, and form establishments for themselves and families....
Page 81 - ... cotton trees, elms and cedars. These meadows are divided by chains formed of red clay, and huge masses of gypsum, with here and there a pyramid of gravel. One might imagine himself surrounded by the ruins of some ancient city, and...
Page 245 - But few of them have obtained permission from the commandant, to settle on lands ; in fact, until very lately there was no safety from the depredations of the Indians, in forming establishments beyond the villages. Land was only valued for what it could produce, and any one could obtain as much as he chose to cultivate.
Page 281 - Beginning at the mouth of the River Sabine; thence, by a line to be drawn along the middle of said river, including all islands, to the thirty-second degree of latitude ; thence due north to the northernmost part of the thirty-third degree of north latitude...
Page 173 - When I reached the foot of the principal mound, I was struck with a degree of astonishment, not unlike that which is experienced in contemplating the Egyptian Pyramids. What a stupendous pile of earth ! To heap up such a mass must have required years and the labor of thousands.

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