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The History of the First West India Regiment

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Author: A.B. Ellis
Published: 1885
Language: English
Wordcount: 81,739 / 257 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 34.9
LoC Category: UA
Downloads: 499
Added to site: 2009.09.15
mnybks.net#: 25283
Genre: History
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n a manner which is incomprehensible even to Europeans who have passed the best part of their lives in the tropics. Instead of being braced by and deriving activity from the cold, he becomes languid and inert; and nothing but the rays of the sun can arouse him to any exertion. Even in West Africa, during the Harmattan season, natives may be observed in the early morning, hugging their scanty clothing around them and shivering with cold; while the ill-fated expedition to New Orleans showed what deadly havoc an inclement climate will play with negro troops.

Next, as to the men of whom these negro regiments would be composed. It is too much the custom in Great Britain, in describing a man of colour, to consider that all has been said that is necessary when he is called a negro; yet there are as many nationalities, and as many types of the African race, as there are of the Caucasian. No one would imagine that a European was sufficiently described by the title of "white man." It would be asked if the indivi

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