are described as too feeble to inspire terror,
clothed in mantles and aprons of deer-skins; having no 1585 weapons but wooden swords and bows of witch-hazel with arrows of reeds; no armor but targets of bark and sticks wickered together with thread.
Their towns were small; the largest containing but thirty dwellings.
The walls of the houses were made of bark, fastened to stakes; and sometimes consisted of poles fixed upright, one by another, and at the top bent over and fastened; as arbors are sometimes made in gardens.
But the great peculiarity of the Indians consisted in the want of political connection.
A single town often constituted a government; a collection of ten or twenty wigwams was an independent state.
The greatest chief in the whole country could not muster more than seven or eight hundred fighting men. The dialect of each government seemed a language by itself.
The country which Hariot
explored was on the boundary of the Algonquin race; where the Lenni Lenape
tribes melted into the widely-differing nations of the south.
The wars among themselves rarely led them to the open battle-field; they were accustomed rather to sudden surprises at daybreak or by moonlight, to ambushes and the subtle devices of cunning falsehood.
Destitute of the arts, they yet displayed excellency of wit in all which they attempted.
Nor were they entirely ignorant of religion; and to the credulity of fetichism they joined an undeveloped conception of the unity of the Divine Power
It is natural to the human mind to desire immortality; the natives of Carolina
believed in continued existence after death, and in retributive justice.
The mathematical instruments
, the burning-glass, guns, clocks, and the use of letters, seemed the works of gods, rather than of men,