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The Coming of the Europeans

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


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CHAPTER X.

THE COMING OF THE EUROPEANS.

GREAT CHANGES PRODUCED.

THE coming of the Europeans to this country brought new races not only of men, but also of plants and animals, into contact and connection with those previously existing here. 'The result was that, in the course of two centuries, immense changes were produced in the occupancy of the country, new and higher forms that were intro- duced from the old world superseding and dis- placing the inferior and more imperfect ones which before had possession of the new.

CHANGES IN RESPECT TO ANIMAL LIFE.

Some of the more remarkable of these changes are well known. Others equally interesting, in a philosophical point of view, but leading to results less conspicuous, have not attracted so much atten- tion. One very striking case is that of the horse. Certain animals of this species escaped from the



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