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The Indian Captive

A narrative of the adventures and sufferings of Matthew Brayton in his thirty-four years of captivity among the Indians of north-western America

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Author: Matthew Brayton
Published: 1896
Language: English
Wordcount: 19,914 / 62 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 72.1
LoC Categories: PS, CT
Downloads: 1,402
Added to site: 2010.05.03 27576
Genres: Biography, History

Brayton was carried off in 1825 and sold to the Potawatomi who took him to Michigan, where he lived with the Winnebago, Chippewa, and the Sioux. The latter took him West to the country of the Snakes who purchased him and adopted him into their tribe. Further wanderings among various tribes for 34 years provide numerous adventures.

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an who had lost a son in battle took me into his family, and from that time forth I was told to consider him as my father, and his squaw as my mother. But although thus made one of themselves, the Indians did not fail to treat me with considerable harshness, and I was compelled to do some of the severe drudgery usually imposed on women.

The Snakes at that time hunted in Iowa, but in about a year after my joining them they had repeated quarrels with other tribes, and with the whites. For a few months they remained in Missouri, but eventually packed up and struck the trail for the west side of the Rocky Mountains. Our tribe hunted through Utah for a while, but quarreled with the tribes already in that country, and therefore we once more pushed west, and crossing the mountains that divided us from California, entered that country. Here we lived, for about five years, generally at peace, but having occasional skirmishes with the Digger Indians.

These Indians are a wretched and degenerate race, cowar

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Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****

What an amazing read! After reading this true story, it was so good that I read it to my boyfriend while we drove about on our holiday. It gave us so much to discuss and wonder about.



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