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CHAPTER I. EXTERIOR FORM OF NORTH AMERICA. North America divided
into two vast regions, one inclining towards the Pole, the other towards the
Equator.—Valley of the Mississippi.--Traces of the Revolutions of the Globe.--
Shore of ...
The Savages of North America had only two ways of escaping destruction; war or
civilization.—They are no longer able to make war.—Reasons why they refused
to become civilized when it was in their power, and why they cannot become so ...
As the same causes have been continually producing opposite effects for the last
two centuries in the British colonies of North America, they have established a
very striking difference between the commercial capacity of the inhabitants of the
In the States nearest to the Tropics there is not a single white laborer ; the
negroes are consequently much more numerous in the South than in the North.
And, as I have already observed, this disproportion increases daily, since the
analogous observation which I already had occasion to make in the North. I there
remarked that the white inhabitants of the North avoid the negroes with
increasing care, in proportion as the legal barriers of separation are removed by
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The social state of these tribes differed also in many respects from all that was seen in the Old World. They seemed to have multiplied freely in the midst of their deserts, without coming in contact with other races more civilized than their own.