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The Last of the Mohicans

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The Last of the Mohicans
Cooper, James Fenimore. The Last of the Mohicans
Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library
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The Last of the Mohicans
Cooper, James Fenimore
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The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
1st Edition.
1826
Note: Electronic version checked against 1936 Spencer Press edition. UVA Library call number:
PS 1408 .A1 1936a
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The Last of the Mohicans
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Published: 1826
English; French fiction; prose Native AmericanYoung Readers LCSH
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June 1996 corrector Catherine Tousignant, UVA Electronic Text Center

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The Last of the Mohicans
A Narrative of 1757
by
James Fenimore Cooper
Preface
-vii
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It is believed that the scene of this tale, and most of the information necessary to
understand its allusions, are rendered sufficiently obvious to the reader in the text itself, or in
the accompanying notes. Still there is so much obscurity in the Indian traditions, and so much
confusion in the Indian names, as to render some explanation useful.

Few men exhibit greater diversity, or, if we may so express it, greater antithesis of
character, than the native warrior of North America. In war, he is daring, boastful, cunning,
ruthless, self-denying, and self-devoted; in peace, just, generous, hospitable, revengeful,
superstitious, modest, and commonly chaste. These are qualities, it is true, which do not
distinguish all alike; but they are so far the predominating traits of these remarkable people as

to be characteristic.

It is generally believed that the Aborigines of the American continent have an Asiatic origin. There are many physical as well as moral facts which corroborate this opinion, and some few that would seem to weigh against it.

The color of the Indian, the writer believes, is peculiar to himself, and while his cheek-bones
have a very striking indication of a Tartar origin, his eyes have not. Climate may have had
great influence on the former, but it is difficult to see how it can have produced the substantial

difference which
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