guage produced so strange and extensive an influence,awhere its country,awhat its state of society, aand what its name and history ?
On the evidence of language, we may pronounce as to the state of civilization of such a nation, that they had made some progress in agriculture,athat they understood the use of iron,ahad artificers in this metal, and in gold ; perhaps made trinkets of the latter,awere clothed with a fabric made of the fibrous bark of plants, which they wove in the loom,awere ignorant of the manufacture of cotton cloth, which was acquired in after times from the continent of India,ahad tamed the cow and buffalo, and applied them to draught and carriage,a and the hog, the domestic fowl, and the duck,aand used them for food. Such a nation, in all probability, was in a state of social advancement beyond the ancient Mexicans ; for they not only understood the use of iron, and of the larger animals, which the Mexicans did not, but the wide spread of their language across many seas proves that they had made considerable progress in maritime skill, which the Mexicans had not. If they possessed the art of writing, and a national kalendar, the probability of which will be afterwards shown, their superiority was still more decided.
There is no living language of the Archipelago, and still less of any nation, modern or ancient, beyond its limits, which can be denominated the parent stock of the Great Polynesian language. ItThere is no living language of the Archipelago, and still less of any nation, modern or ancient, beyond its limits, which can be denominated the parent stock of the Great Polynesian language. It