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Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America


Benjamin Franklin
John Stockdale

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Remarques sur la politesse des sauvages de l'Amérique septentrionale translation
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Osservazione a chiunque desideri passare in America; e riflessioni circa i selvaggi dell'America settentrionale del d.re Franklin dall'originale inglese recate in lingua italiana da Pietro Antoniuti translation

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"Savages we call them, because their Manners differ from ours, which we think the Perfection of Civility: they think the same of theirs".


This satire of religious proselytizing and economic imperialism was initially published at Franklin's press in Passy in separate French and English editions before being published commercially in London with another pamphlet.

For a complete account of the history and significance of this text published late in Franklin's life, see Alfred Owen Aldridge, 'Franklin's Deitistical Indians', in the Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society (Aug 25, 1950, vol.94, no.4), pp. 398-410.