American Antiquities, and Discoveries in the West: Being an Exhibition of the Evidence that an Ancient Population of Partially Civilized Nations, Differing Entirely from Those of the Present Indians, Peopled America, Many Centuries Before Its Discovery by Columbus. And Inquiries Into Their Origin, with a Copious Description of Many of Their Stupendous Works, Now in Ruins. With Conjectures Concerning what May Have Become of Them. Comp. from Travels, Authentic Sources, and the Researches of Antiquarian Societies

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Hoffman and White, 1833 - America - 400 pages

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I have an identical book purchased by my great great grandfather on June 25, 1835, according to his inscription inside the cover.
Unlike the book seen on Google Books, my book has all pages intact
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Page 145 - ... of his feet are still to be seen, and hurled his bolts among them till the whole were slaughtered, except the big bull, who presenting his forehead to the shafts, shook them off as they fell; but missing one at length, it wounded him in the side; whereon, springing round, he bounded over the Ohio, over the Wabash, the Illinois, and finally over the great lakes, where he is living at this day.
Page 140 - His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.
Page 31 - By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.
Page 48 - In person the Osages are among the largest and best formed Indians, and are said to possess fine military capacities ; but residing as they do in villages, and having made considerable advance in agriculture, they seem less addicted to war, than their northern neighbours, to whom the use of rifles gives a great superiority.
Page 76 - He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered ? Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger. Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble.
Page 174 - The handle either of a small sword or a large knife, made of an elk's horn ; around the end where the blade had been inserted, was a ferule of silver, which, though black, was not much injured by time. Though the handle showed the hole where the blade had been inserted, yet no iron was found, but an oxyde remained of similar shape and size.
Page 39 - ... and place for handicraft trades, and with seats for the officers, superior and inferior, where, if any differences arise, their causes are heard and determined. The camp, and all that is in it, is encompassed with a wall round about, and that sooner than one would imagine, and this by the multitude and the skill of the labourers ; and, if occasion require, a trench is drawn round the whole, whose depth is four cubits, and its breadth equal.
Page 180 - Missisippi, in the most eligible positions for towns, and in the most extensive bodies of fertile land. Their number exceeds, perhaps, three thousand ; the smallest not less than twenty feet in height, and one hundred in diameter at the base. Their great number, and the astonishing size of some of them, may be regarded as furnishing, with other circumstances, evidence of their antiquity.
Page 145 - He may as well exist there now, as he did formerly where we find his bones. If he be a carnivorous animal, as some anatomists have conjectured, and the Indians affirm, his early retirement may be accounted for from the general destruction of the wild game by the Indians, which commences in the first instant of their connection with us, for the purpose of purchasing match-coats, hatchets, and fire-locks, with their skins.
Page 65 - In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah, and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.

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