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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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the barren summits of the mountains. For
this reason when the snow is impenetrably
frozen in the severe winter, the boors are
obliged to cut down some thousands of
those moss-cloathed trees for the sustenance
of their herds.




In the citadel we were shewn a set of small
ordnance which belonged to Charles XII.;
consisting of four-and-twenty brass cannon,
mounted on their carriages. Very early
in life, before his love of destruction had
occasioned so many wild adventures, he
used to amuse himself with firing at objects
with this artillery. Probably it would
have been happier for him, as well as his
country, if he had been always thus
innocently employed. General Stenbork was
the prince’s instructor in this science. He
had discovered several improvements in the
art of gunnery, and got this set of brass
cannon cast to illustrate his principles to
his royal pupil, for whom he intended them
as a present.

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