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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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The morning following, after passing a
noble river, we entered Finland. The
country here is deep and sandy, and of course
barren and unfruitful. The inhabitants
are to appearance rough, and their
manners uncultivated to a great degree; but
though to a stranger they appear ignorant,
yet they are sufficiently knowing where
their own interest is concerned. This day
we arrived at Tornao, a beautiful
well-built town surrounded by a river of the
same name, or rather the river here swells
into a spacious lake. This water produces
a great quantity of salmon of uncommon
weight and size. This town is the place
of residence of many capital merchants.
The principal trade here consists of tar
and furs of all kinds, brought down from
the high country by the Laplanders, which
they barter for cloth, hardware, and other
merchandise.

At twelve o’clock this night we saw the
sun in full beauty. The horizon being
remarkably clear, gave us a most
delightful view of that, to us, extraordinary sight.
The inhabitants of this climate no doubt
reap many advantages from this

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