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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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in their language than their neighbours,
the natives of Lapland. Like these, they
are low in stature, but stout and active, and
from that temperance inseparable from
their situation, live to very great ages.
Their country is of the same nature with
Swedish-Lapland, abounding in mountains,
high and rugged, with rich and fertile
vales, extensive and beautiful lakes. Many
of these lakes are navigable and might be
made still more so at a very trifling expense.
They communicate with the gulf of
Finland, and might very easily be made the
seats of a good trade. Ships are built here
of a very large burthen; and ship-building
in this place is a trade, which from the
cheapness of materials might be very
beneficial. Several French agents during the
late war, visited Tornao to purchase tar
and other naval stores. This in all
probability would have turned to great
advantage, if the suddenness of the peace had
not put a stop to their transactions. From
this circumstance, I was credibly informed,
they lost above a third part of their
contract.

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