ian Esquimaux, on the other.
The dwellers on the Aleutian Isles melt into resem blances with the inhabitants of each continent; and, at points of remotest distance, the difference is still so inconsiderable, that the daring Ledyard, whose ardent curiosity filled him with the passion to circumnavigate the globe and cross its continents, as he stood in Siberia, with men of the Mongolian race before him, and compared them with the Indians who had been his old play-fellows and school-mates at Dartmouth, writes
Sparks s Ledyard, 201.
Compare 246, 255. deliberately, that, universally and circumstantially, they resemble the aborigines of America.
On the Connecticut and the Oby, he saw but one race.
He that describes the Tungusians of Asia seems also
Mithridates, III. 343. to describe the North American.
That the Tschukchi North-Eastern Asia and the Esquimaux of America are of the same origin, is proved by the affinity of their languages,—thus establishing a connection between the co
y could gather hardly five, or even three, villages in the whole region.
Kentucky, after the expulsion of the Shawnees, remained the wide park of the Cherokees.
The banished tribe easily fled up the valley of the Cumberland River, to find a vacant wilderness in the highlands of Carolina; and a part of them for years roved to and fro in wildernesses west of the Cherokees.
On early maps, the low country from the
Chap. XXII.} Mobile to Florida is marked as vacant.
The oldest reports from Georgia exult in the entire absence of Indians from the vicinity of Savannah, and will not admit that there were more than a few within four hundred miles. There are hearsay and vague accounts of Indian war parties composed of many hundreds: those who wrote from knowledge furnish the means of comparison and correction.
The whole population of the Five Nations could not have varied much from ten thousand; and their warriors strolled as conquerors from Hudson's Bay to Carolina,—from the Kennebec to