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A few hours' ride brought us to the banks of the river Kansas.

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Our New England climate is mild and equable compared with that of the Platte.

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Crossing the Penobscot, one found a visible descent in the scale of humanity.

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We were soon free of the woods and bushes, and fairly upon the broad prairie.

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The fortified towns of the Hurons were all on the side exposed to Iroquois incursions.

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We were now arrived at the close of our solitary journeyings along the St. Joseph's trail.

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Fort Leavenworth is in fact no fort, being without defensive works, except two block-houses.

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Early on the next morning we reached Kansas, about five hundred miles from the mouth of the Missouri.

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America, when it became known to Europeans, was, as it had long been, a scene of wide-spread revolution.

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Many of the Iroquois and Huron houses were of similar construction, the partitions being at the sides only, leaving a wide passage down the middle of the house.

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