The Indian Races of North and South America

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From the size of this volume, as compared with the variety and extent of the subjects under examination, it will be readily perceived that minuteness of detail has been impossible.

In describing the adventures and proceedings of the pioneers in the settlement and civilization of the Western Continent, the interesting nature of the narrative may have led the author, in some instances, away from the immediate object of his attention, viz.: the manners, peculiarities, and history of the aboriginal inhabitants. He trusts, however, that where this may appear to be the case, it will generally be found to have resulted from the inseparable manner in which the history of the natives and those who have supplanted them is interwoven.

Linguisitic Families of American Indians - Powell
Powells Map showing the Lingusitic Families of the Indian Tribes of the United States

So far as has proved convenient or practicable, localities will be found to be in such a manner pointed out or referred to, that the reader who is ordinarily well acquainted with the geography of the country will seldom be at fault. Upon this point, the opening of the fifth book of “The True Travels, Adventures, and Observations of Captain John Smith,” is worthy the attention of all historical writers.

The Indian Races of North and South America

Bibliography of Sources

The works which have been carefully examined by the author in the prosecution of his design, and from which most of the facts embodied in this outline of history and description have been obtained, are the following:

  1. American Antiquities and Researches into the Origin and History of the Red Race; by Alexander W. Bradford.
  2. The Natural History of Man; by James Cowles Pritchard.
  3. Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians; by George Catlin.
  4. The Biography and History of the Indians of North America; by Samuel G. Drake.
  5. The History, Condition, and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States; by Henry R. Schoolcraft, LL. D.
  6. The United States Exploring Expedition; by Commander Charles Wilkes.
  7. Indian Biography; by B. B. Thacher.
  8. Mclntosh’s Book of the Indians.
  9. Travels of Capt. Jonathan Carver through the Interior of North America, in 1776-7-8.
  10. Indian Wars of the United States; by William V. Moore.
  11. The History of the Conquest of Mexico; from the Spanish of Don Antonio De Solis.
  12. The Conquest of Mexico; by Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Regidor of the city of Guatemala, written in 1568.
  13. Prescott’s Conquest of Mexico.
  14. Conquest of Mexico and Peru; Harper’s series of Tales from American History.
  15. Robertson’s History of America.
  16. The Invasion and Conquest of Florida, under Hernando de Soto, written by a gentleman of the town of Elvas.
  17. Irving’sConquest of Florida.
  18. The Territory of Florida; by John Lee Williams.
  19. The True Travels, Adventures, and Observations of Captain John Smith; from the London edition of 1629.
  20. The Life of Captain John Smith; by W. G. Simms.
  21. The History of the Indians of Connecticut; by John W. De Forrest.
  22. Baylie’s Memoirs of Plymouth Colony.
  23. Barber’s Historical Collections, in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
  24. The Rev. William Hubbard’s Narrative of the Indian Wars in New England; written in 1775.
  25. The History of Philip’s War; by Thomas Church, a son of Capt. Benjamin Church.
  26. New England’s Memorial; by Nathaniel Morton, published in 1669.
  27. The Publications of the Massachusetts Historical Society, especially those relating to the Early Settlements in New England, including, among other documents, the Relations of G. Mourt and E. Winslow concerning the Pilgrims at Plymouth; Letters and Writings of Roger Williams; Gookin’s Historical Collections, &c.
  28. Schoolcraft’sNotes on the Iroquois.
  29. Stone’s Life of Jos. Brant Thayendanegea.
  30. Memoirs of William Penn; by Thomaa Clarkson.
  31. Heckewelder’s Narrative of the Mission of the United Brethren among the Delaware and Mohegan Indians.
  32. The Life of William Henry Harrison, with a History of the Wars with the British and Indians on our North-western Frontiers.
  33. The Adventures of Daniel Boone; by the author of Uncle Philip’s Conversations.
  34. The History of the American Indians; by James Adair, for forty years a resident and trader among them.
  35. Cobbett’s Life of Andrew Jackson.
  36. The History of Georgia; by Capt. Hugh McCall.
  37. The Adventures of Capt. Bonneville in the Far West, and among the Rocky Mountains; by Washington Irving.
  38. Cox’s Adventures on the Columbia River.
  39. Barrow’s Voyages of Discovery and Research within the Arctic Regions.
  40. Back’s Narrative of the Arctic Land Expedition.
  41. Greenland, the Adjacent Seas, and the North-west Passage; by Bernard O Reilly,
  42. Parry’s Journal of a second voyage for the Discovery of a North-west Passage.
  43. Vlackenzie’s Inland Expedition to the Arctic Ocean.
  44. Purchas, his Pilgrimage.
  45. The Modern Traveller; by Josiah Conder;
  46. Articles on South America.
  47. Spanish America; by R. H. Bonnycastle.
  48. Irving’sLife of Columbus,
  49. Indian Tribes of Guiana; by Rev. W. H. Brett.
  50. Alexander de Humboldt’s Travels in South America.
  51. Prescott’s Conquest of Peru.
  52. Travels in Peru; by Dr. J. J. Von Tschudi, translated from the German by Thomasina Ross.
  53. The Geographical, Natural, and Civil History of Chili; by Abbe don J. Ignatius Molina; translated from the original Italian by an American Gentleman.
  54. John Mawe’s Travels in the Interior of Brazil.
  55. Head’s Journey to the Pampas and the Andes.


MLA Source Citation:

Brownell, Charles De Wolf. Indian Races of North and South America: Comprising an account of the principal aboriginal races; a description of their national customs, mythology, and religious ceremonies, the history of their most powerful tribes, and of their most celebrated chiefs and warriors; their intercourse and wars with the European settlers; and a great variety of anecdote and description, illustrative of personal and national character. Hartford, Conn., Chicago,E. B. & R.C. Treat; [etc., etc.]: Hurlbut, Scranton & Co. 1864. AccessGenealogy.com. Web. 28 July 2014. http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/the-indian-races-of-north-and-south-america.htm - Last updated on Oct 7th, 2013


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