They were chiefly the settlers
of the western part of Missouri, who are the most famous bee hunters on the frontier, and whose favorite hunting ground lies within the lands of the Kansas tribe.
Sometimes the long-suffering house was a log hut, and the brave settlers
defeated a band of hostile Indians, or occasionally were massacred by them; but in either case the Simpson house looked, to quote a Riverboro expression, "as if the devil had been having an auction in it.
They had been the settlers
of thirteen separate and distinct English colonies, along the margin of the shore of the North American Continent; contiguously situated, but chartered by adventurers of characters variously diversified, including sectarians, religious and political, of all the classes which for the two preceding centuries had agitated and divided the people of the British islands--and with them were intermingled the descendants of Hollanders, Swedes, Germans, and French fugitives from the persecution of the revoker of the Edict of Nantes.
His predecessor under the old charter, Bradstreet, a venerable companion of the first settlers
, was known to be in town.
Peter Palfrey, Roger Conant, and one or two more had built houses there in 1626, and may be considered as the first settlers
of that ancient town.
In old times the settlers
used to be astounded by the inroads of the northern Indians coming down upon them from this mountain rampart through some defile known only to themselves.
The face of the country, the climate as it was found by the whites, and the manners of the settlers
, are described with a minuteness for which the author has no other apology than the force of his own recollections.
On the evening of the 23d (July) they encamped on the banks of what they term Big River; and here we cannot but pause to lament the stupid, commonplace, and often ribald names entailed upon the rivers and other features of the great West, by traders and settlers
Reuben Bourne, however, was a neglectful husbandman; and, while the lands of the other settlers
became annually more fruitful, his deteriorated in the same proportion.
A kingdom, as we have said, partakes much of the nature of an aristocracy, and is bestowed according to worth, as either virtue, family, beneficent actions, or these joined with power; for those who have been benefactors to cities and states, or have it in their powers to be so, have acquired this honour, and those who have prevented a people from falling into slavery by war, as Codrus, or those who have freed them from it, as Cyrus, or the founders of cities, or settlers
of colonies, as the kings of Sparta, Macedon, and Molossus.
Then the French settlers
, who occupy the colony of Senegal, necessarily have relations with the surrounding tribes.
We were Moors and Spaniards almost as often as we were British and Americans, or settlers