A History of the Upper Country of South Carolina; From the Earliest Periods to the Close of the War of Independence Volume 1

A History of the Upper Country of South Carolina; From the Earliest Periods to the Close of the War of Independence Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ...or some of his party, does not scruple to knock the fellow down, cxclaiming against him for false measure. There upon the buyer finds another mouth-piece, so that this trading is very agreeable to the spectators, to see such a deal of quarreling and controversy as often happens about it, and is very diverting." The rates of barter agreed upon could not, in the nature of the case, be long permanent; wild animals, after a while, grew scarcer and more diflicult to entrap; the hunting range became much more extensive, and the business of pursuing them to their haunts a toilsome labor. The Indians soon began, therefore, to complain to the authorities that, with the greatest efforts and the most assiduous industry, they were unable to procure skins and furs in sufficient quantities to purchase for themselves, at the existing rates, the necessaries of life. As may be now well conjectured, however, the greatest obstacle to the prosperity of the peltry trade, at this period, was not so much the scarcity of game, nor the increasing toil of taking it, as the rapid and marked degeneracy of the Indians themselves in native energy and manliness. The abuse of strong drink, to which they appear to have had an irresistible constitutional tendency, and which, we have seen, their agents and traders, with few exceptions, encouraged without stint, made sad havoc of their primitive strength and vigor. And no sooner did they see that the chief management of their trade had passed into the hands of the public authorities from those of the old traders, vho used to traffic with them on their own account, and under circumstances altogether favorable to the independence and integrity of the Indian character, than they shrewdly conjectured, at a glance, the true...show more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236806662
  • 9781236806666