The Expansion of the American People, Social and Territorial

The Expansion of the American People, Social and Territorial

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...called them. They were unthrifty and quarrelsome, boasting that they were born of the original breed of alligator, horse, and snapping turtle. Their favorite practice of fighting was "gouging" the eye with the thumb after entwining the fingers in the hair of the opponent. They gave an ill repute to the Mississippi region, and from them the Illinois "regulators" and kindred bands were recruited, as described later in connection with the Mormons. Some of the better class brought their slaves with them, although contrary to the Ordinance of 1787. This caused a violent contest when the territory became a state and the constitutional prohibition of slavery was secured only by a strong effort. Likewise in Indiana, the southern element petitioned Congress to abrogate the anti-slavery provision in the old Ordinance and again attempted in vain to perpetuate slavery when a constitution was formed. Both French and English along the Mississippi engaged in the New Orleans flat-boat trade. "When 'they had a surplus of bacon, flour and venison, they would load up a flat-boat and take it to New Orleans. It took four or five months to make the trip and they got very little for their load. It was a solemn sight to see a boat start off. The people would assemble on the bank of the river and bid their friends farewell. It was very uncertain whether they would ever see them again for they were going into a dead, sickly place and they had to walk all the way back through an Indian country.'1 Sometimes these flat-boat men seeking employment floated from one shipping place to another on a rude raft constructed by themselves. FROLICS OF FLAT-BOAT MEN (FROM AN OLD PRINT) Hoisting an appropriate flag, they sat upon their boxes of provisions or...show more

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  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236488032
  • 9781236488039