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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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In summer the Laplanders wear a close
garment, which reaches to the middle of
their legs, girded close about them with a
belt. They have no linen, but their clothes
are made in general of a coarse wool
without dying; their shoes and caps, of the
skin of the rein-deer, with the hair
outwards. In winter their clothes are of skin,
with the hair inwards. The women’s
apparel is not very different from that of the

It is said that the natives of Lapland are
great cowards, and for that reason the
Swedes never employ them as soldiers. How
unlike are these to the brave Highlanders
of Scotland, whose courage and intrepidity
are as immovable as their mountains![1]

[1] Extreme cold has diminished the stature and congealed the
faculties of the Laplanders; and the Arctic tribes alone
among the sons of men, are ignorant of war, and unconscious
of human blood: an happy ignorance, if reason and virtue
were the guardians of their peace! +

                        Gibbon’s Hist. vol. 5. page 551. quarto.

+ Buffon, Hist. Naturelle, tom. v. p. 6. in 12mo. Gustavus
Adolphus attempted, without success, to form a regiment of
Laplanders. Grotius says of these Arctic tribes, Arma arcus
et pharetra, sed adversus feras. (Annal. 1. iv. p 236) and
attempts after the manner of Tacitus to varnish with
philosophy their brutal ignorance.

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