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The Coming of the Europeans

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

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animal world—the object of which is to preserve the distinction of species, and to maintain the purity, and secure the advancement, of the higher and nobler races of men. It is an instinctive prin- ciple implanted in the nature of every living being which draws him from those that are unlike him- self in their physical conformation, and toward those that resemble him. In species that are en- tirely distinct from each other the aversion to domestic union is unconquerable. In the case of varieties, like those seen in the different races of men, the repulsive instinct by means of which nature intends to keep them separate from each other, in respect to the propagation of their kind, is. less strong, but it is none the less real, and the design with which it has been implanted is benefi- cent in the highest degree. Thus the amalgama- tion of the Indian race with the Caucasian race coming to the new world from Europe, would have been against nature, and the instinctive principle, both in the heart of the Indian and of the white man, which leads each to love, and to seek domes- tic and social union with, those of their own race, and to avoid such union with those of the other, was one wisely implanted in the heart by the great author of nature, and one which both races were accordingly bound to obey.

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