PRELIMINARY REMARKS, eC.
The first, alone, has an immediate relation to the nature of the work which I have undertaken to write ; but, as the dominion which European nations have, for more than three centuries, established in the Archipelago, has produced a most important influence on the fortune and character of the native races, a sketch of its history could not be dispensed with. To the native history, I have devoted six short chapters ; and to the European narrative three. Both are too obviously defective in interest and dignity to demand the solemn and continuous narrative of regular history, and I have, therefore, treated the first chiefly with the view of illustrating the character of the people, and the progress of social order in a condition of society in many respects novel and peculiar ; and the second, principally in its bearings on the first, avoiding, as unnecessary to my purpose, and probably as of little interest to the general reader, the details of co lonial intrigue and depravity.
With the view of superseding any objections which might be urged against this plan,aof giving some degree of unity to the present book,aand of supplying useful or necessary information to die more practical reader, a chapter is subjoined, which embraces, in the form of a chronological table, a detail of the whole events of the history of the Archipelago, whether native or European.
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