Proceedings of the Lehigh County Historical Society Volume 6

Proceedings of the Lehigh County Historical Society Volume 6

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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. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...Forts of Pennsylvania, by H. M. M. Richards. Indian Nations, by Rev. John Heckewelder. A History of Bethlehem, by Rev. Joseph Mortimer Levering. For many years there existed in America, before the Revolution, between the French and English colonies, a commercial rivalry which at last ended in a cruel and terrible Indian war. The French colonists of Canada held, from the beginning, a peculiar intimacy with the Indian tribes. France, the mother country, labored with eager diligence to conciliate the Indians and win them to espouse her cause. Her agents were busy in every village, studying the language of the inmates, complying with their usages, flattering their prejudices, caressing them, and whispering friendly warnings in their ears against the wicked designs of the English. When a party of Indian chiefs visited a French fort, they were greeted with the firing of cannon and rolling of drums; they were regaled at the tables of the officers and bribed with medals and decorations, scarlet uniforms and French flags. Far wiser than their rivals, the French never ruffled the self-complacent dignity of their guests, never insulted their religious notions, nor ridiculed their ancient customs. They met the savage half way, and showed an, abundant readiness to mould their own features after his likeness. Very different was it with their English competitors. They, broken into separate governments, were incapable of exercising a vigorous and consistent Indian policy; and the measures of one government often clashed with those of another. Narrow-minded, dishonest men, more eager to consult their own interests or those of their favorites, often took advantage of them in a most questionable manner. Smarting under this unfortunate treatment by the...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123689717X
  • 9781236897176