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Seite 12 - In paffing over their elevated and frozen fummits, it is fo thoroughly cooled, that the greater part of the countries beyond them hardly feel the ardour to which they feem expofed by their fituation.
Seite 384 - their imbecility is so visible, that one can hardly form an idea of them different from what one has of the brutes. Nothing disturbs the tranquillity of their souls, equally insensible to disasters, and to prosperity. Though half naked, they are as contented as a monarch in his most splendid array. Fear makes no impression on them, and respect as little.
Seite 122 - ... subjection. The Tartar follows his prey on the horse which he has reared, or tends his numerous herds which furnish him both with food and clothing; the Arab has rendered the camel docile, and avails himself of its persevering strength ; the Laplander has formed the reindeer to be subservient to his will; and even the people of Kamschatka have trained their dogs to labour.
Seite 34 - If ever the use of iron had been known to the savages of America, or to their progenitors, if ever they had employed a plough, a loom, or a forge, the utility of those inventions would have preserved them, and it is impossible that they should have been abandoned or forgotten.
Seite 50 - In order to complete the history of the human mind, and attain to a perfect knowledge of its nature and operations, we must contemplate man in all those various situations wherein he has been placed.
Seite 10 - ... is not entirely mitigated until it reach the Gulf of Mexico. Over all the continent of North America, a north-westerly wind and excessive cold are synonymous terms.
Seite 316 - Four of his principal favourites carried him on their shoulders, others supported a canopy of curious workmanship over his head. Before him marched three officers with rods of gold in their hands, which they lifted up on high at certain intervals...
Seite 147 - Though mostly strangers to the idea of separate property, vested in any individual, the rudest of the American nations are well acquainted with the rights of each community to its own domains. This right they hold to be perfect and exclusive, entitling the possessor to oppose the encroachment of neighbouring tribes.
Seite 33 - The inhabitants of the New World were in a ftate of fociety fo extremely rude, as to be unacquainted with thofe arts which are the firft eflays of human ingenuity in its advance towards improvement. Even the moft cultivated nations of America were ftrangers to many of thofe fimple inventions, which were almoft coeval with fociety in other parts of the world, and were known in the earlieft periods of civil life. From this it is manifeft, that the tribes which originally migrated to America, came off...
Seite 10 - Even in the moft fultry weather, the moment that the wind veers to that quarter, its penetrating influence is felt in a tranfition from heat to cold, no lefs violent than fudden. To this powerful caufe we may afcribe the extraordinary dominion of cold , and its violent inroads into the fouthern provinces in that part of the globe g).