The Abnakis and Their History

9780217884709: The Abnakis and Their History

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. THE ABNAKIS, A PROPER AND DISTINCT NATION. LTHOUGH the Abnakis were once a powerful nation, and occupied from the shores of the great St. Lawrence down to the Atlantic Ocean, and from the mouth of the Kenne- bec river to the eastern part of New Hampshire, yet the kind and gentle Abnaki has almost disappeared from Maine. The few of that ancient and noble nation that remain—mixed with other tribes of Canada—will soon share the same fate. It is true that the deep mosses of Maine shall no more be imprinted with the moccasin of its ancient master, yet no man shall ever be able to efface the name of the Abnaki from this extensive land. Every hill and valley, every river and brook, every lake and pond, every bay and promontory, bears witness of that nation. True ! the Abnaki disappeared fromthis soil, but not before having marked every nook, stream, and pond with the name of their owner. The granite monument on the left shore of the Kennebec river, near Norridgswock, points out the lonely spot of the Islst Abnaki village in this State—the only spot east of the Mississippi marked with a monument to perpetuate the memory of an Indian village of the last century, to which so many historical recollections remain attached—a monument which is the pride of the antiquarian, and the target of vandalic hands. The aborigines that once lived on the banks of the Kennebec river, in the State of Maine, were visited earlier than any other Indian nation of New France and Acadia, if we except the Souriquois or Mic- macs. Before Father Biard, in 1613, sailed from Port Royal in Nova Scotia for Mount Desert, near the mouth of the Penobscot river, he had already visited the shores of the Kennebec, and the people of that country, He speaks very highly of them, as of a powerful nat...

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