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The Coming of the Europeans

American History, Volume I: Aboriginal America (New York: Sheldon, 1860)


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THE COMING OF THE EUROPEANS. 281

heart of a country changing and advancing more rapidly than any other, they alone remain, from generation to generation, wholly unchanged.

There are descendants from Indians residing in certain portions of the Southern States that have adopted a settled mode of life, and have attained to a considerable degree of refinement and civili- zation, but in general, even among these, the de- gree in which they manifest the capacities of the Caucasian race corresponds very nearly to the pro- portion of Caucasian blood that flows in their veins.

PRESENT CONDITION OF THE WESTERN TRIBES.

In the interior and western portions of the con- tinent are vast tracts of land which remain almost entirely in possession of Indians; and although the United States government exercises a general jurisdiction over the whole country, still there are extended territories reserved for the exclusive oc- cupancy of the native tribes. Within these reser- vations the tribes live in their own way, pursuing such modes of life and maintaining such systems of government as they themselves choose. This state of things has continued for more than a cen- tury, without any essential change taking place in the Indian habits or character. A very considera-



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