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Excerpt from Montrose, and Other Biographical SketchesIn the seventeenth century the tract of country called then, by the French, Acadia, by the English, Nova Scotia, was a debatable land. By right of discovery it belonged, beyond doubt, to theMoreExcerpt from Montrose, and Other Biographical SketchesIn the seventeenth century the tract of country called then, by the French, Acadia, by the English, Nova Scotia, was a debatable land. By right of discovery it belonged, beyond doubt, to the English- but the French made the earliest and most successful settlements on the coast. Without any very deep-seated faith, or fixed principles of action, the French people easily accommodate themselves to different modes of life- and their religious worship, the Catholic, which, in its devotion to outward forms and symbols, had become a kind of idolatry, found ready acceptance with the rude aborigines of North America. Little images of the Saviour, the Virgin Mary, the saints - these, and the simple cross, were of better workmanship, and altogether prettier, than the rude things of the same kind with which the savages had long been familiar- and they had, moreover, the same kind of virtues.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.