Les Sauvages Américains: Representations of Native Americans in French and English Colonial Literature

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CHAPTER 5
The Beaver as Native and as Colonist

La dépouille de cet Animal a jusqu'à présent fourni à la Nouvelle France le principal objet de son Commerce. Il est par lui-même une des merveilles de la nature, & il peut être pour l'Homme une grande leçon de prévoyance, d'industrie, d'adresse, & de constance dans le travail.

( Charlevoix, Journal d'un voyage, 94-95)

{The spoil of this animal has hitherto been the principal article in the commerce of New France. It is itself one of the greatest wonders in nature, and may very well afford many a striking lesson of industry, foresight, dexterity, and perseverance in labor.

( 1:151)}

I cannot refrain from smiling, when I read the accounts of different Authors who have written on the œconomy of those animals, as there seems to be a contest between them, who shall most exceed in fiction. . . . little remains to be added to his account of the beaver, beside a vocabulary of their language, a code of their laws, and a sketch of their religion.

( Hearne, Voyage from Prince of Wales Fort . . . to the Northern Ocean, 149)

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