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Examples of Chickesaw
These three languages are primitive; that is to say, are so distinct as to have no perceivable affinity.
The Lenape, which is the most widely extended language on this side the Mississippi, was spoken by the tribes now extinct, who formerly inhabited Nova Scotia and the present state of Maine, the Abenakis, Micmacs, Canibas, Openangos, Soccokis, Etchemins, and Souriquois; dialects of it are now spoken by the Miamis, the Potawatomies, Missisangoes, and Kickapoos; the Eonestogas, Nanticokes, Shawanese, and Mohicans; the Algonquins, Knisteneaux, and Chippeways.
Numerous islands are interspersed through this river; and from the mouth of the Ohio, tall cotton-wood trees and cane-brakes grow in immense quantities along the banks; the latter, being evergreens, have a pleasing effect in the winter season.
Before reaching the Missouri, the water of the Mississippi is perfectly limpid; but, from the mouth of that river it becomes turgid and muddy-flows through a flat, inundated country, and seems more like an immense flood, than an old and deep-channelled river.
This tribe has a reservation about fifty miles back, and pursues agriculture to a considerable extent.
I remained three days at Memphis, and visited the neighbouring farms and plantations.