not attract too strongly the cupidity of England
Its system of restriction struck its victim to the
The settlement of the wilderness, of which France
had reserved no portion and Spain
feared to develope the resources, was promoted by native Pioneers.
, had in three former years explored the borders of Lake Superior
, and the country of the Sioux
had obtained more accurate accounts of that Great River
, which bore, as he reported, the name of Oregon2
and flowed into the Pacific
; and he now returned to claim reward for his discoveries, to celebrate the richness of the copper mines of the Northwest
; to recommend English settlements on the western extremity of the continent; and to propose opening, by aid of Lakes and Rivers, a passage across the continent, as the best route for communicating with China
and the East Indies
invited emigrants more than ever; for its aboriginal inhabitants were fast disappearing from the earth.
In April, 1769, Pontiac
, so long the dreaded enemy of the English
, had been assassinated by an Illinois4
Indian without provocation and in time of peace;5
the Indians of the Northwest
sent round belts to all the Nations to avenge the murder of their Chief.
In vain did five or six hundred of the Illinois