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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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laborious, industrious, and useful set of
people, indefatigable in the culture of
gardens, on which they principally depend
for support. They appear, and wish to
be thought, poor; but from their industry
have beeome an independent people.

The manners and customs of the Danes
differ much from their neighbours, though
separated only by the Sound. Denmark
greatly exceeds Sweden in the cultivation
of land, their breed of horses (which are
of the Holstein kind) and in many other
advantages which they enjoy. Yet I am
told by very good authority (the consul of
Elsinore) that they are obliged to the
Swedes for the greatest part of their cattle,
which they privately smuggle. This is
very extraordinary, and could hardly be
credited from the appearance of each
country. These two near neighbours, like other
contiguous states, cordially hate each other.
They avoid all kind of intercourse, except
when interest interferes; that they pay as
much attention to as any Hollander
whatever. The Danes in general seem of a
phlegmatic constitution, and are very

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