was divided into tribes, each governed by an ignorant petty king, who ruled his equally Pagan subjects as absolute slaves.
In the place of the knowledge and worship of the. true God, which was found to exist among the savages of America
, the African worships the devil — the evil spirit, and that by the most humiliating and debasing rites of superstition.
His superstitions furnished frequent occasions for wars.
These wars were highly sanguinary — often exterminating, as all wars amongst an ignorant and highly superstitious people have always been.
To spare the life of an enemy in war, make him a prisoner, guard him as such, or make him labor as a slave for his support, is an a vance of civilization.
To continue to put the enemy to death to the end of the war, is the necessary condition of a state of war in uncivilized life.
Such was the known condition of all the African population south of Egypt
and the States of Barbary
Did not their condition appeal, as it still does, to the benevolence of the civilized world?
But what could they do?
Send Christian missionaries?
No. We, in this country, have succeeded,7 to some extent at least, in civilizing the savage tribes upon our border!
But the Indians were not, like the Africans, idolatrous Pagans.
Be this as it may, the competency of missionary enterprise to civilize and