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The Coming of the Europeans

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


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284 THE COMNG OF THE EUROPEANS.

head-dress of a western Indian, which he wished to purchase as a specimen of Indian art, to add to his museum.

DIFFERENT CAUSES FOR THE AVERSION OF THE INDIANS TO LIVE LIKE THE WHITES.

Great surprise has often been expressed at the total disinclination always manifested by Indians to imitate the modes of living adopted by the whites, after having once had an opportunity to observe the infinite superiority of them. And al- though the principal cause may be that they are endowed by the Creator with a mental and physical constitution that adapts them to a different course of life, there are other causes that have been com- bined with this in producing the effect. Among them one was the repulsion of race—a fixed prin- ciple of nature that manifests itself universally throughout all the realms of animal life, and has been ordained, as we shall presently see, for wise and beneficent ends, which prevented them from being cordially received into the same social and domestic system with the whites, and treated by them in it as friends and brothers. A great many curious anecdotes are related in books of Indian history illustrating the position which the poor Indian occupied among the whites, and the feelings



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