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THE UNITED STATES
DISCOVERY BY THE NORTHMEN
THE PRESENT TIME.
BY JOHN FROST, LL.D.
PROFESSOR OF BELLES LETTRES IN THE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL OF PHILADELPHIA.
FOUR HUNDRED ENGRAVINGS, FROM ORIGINAL DRAWINGS, BY W. CROONE.
86 WASILINGTON STREET
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1846, by
CASE, TIFFANY AND BURNHAM,
in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the district of Connecticut,
O furnish, within a reasonable compass, a complete history of the United States, suited to the purposes of the general reader, has been my object in preparing the work which is now offered to the public. In pursuing
this design, the difficulties have been by no means inconsiderable. From the great mass of materials furnished by previous writers, to select what was essential in order to form a continuous and clear narrative of the leading events, was not an easy task. The large number of distinct communities of which the republic is composed; the different views which actuated their founders ; and the extent of territory over which they were originally spread, render it difficult to combine their annals into a single work. Yet that there is a proper unity in the history of our country, no one can doubt, who has paid much attention to the subject. Although the nation derives its origin from so many isolated colonies, composed of diverse materials, still it is evident that there was a period when it arrived at what may be termed a national consciousness; and that from that period it has been actuated by a national purpose