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By the AUTHORS of the ANTIENT PART.
L O N D ON:
JOHN RIVINGTON, S. CROWDER, B. LAW and
Thé HISTORY of AMERICA.
Ś É T. XII.
little can beds; and remoter ageriquity. What
H E origin of nations is so involved in obfcurity, that Account of 1 little can be related with certainty, respecting the the ancient
earlier periods, and remoter ages, of the most civilized Peruvians. people, that has any pretensions to antiquity. What fables are intermixed with the histories of Rome and Athens! Even the origin of modern nations, though pofterior to the use of letters, hath its difficulties, and every day furnishes matter of debate among antiquaries: how, therefore, can we expect to find truth unmixed with falfhood and absurdity, in the accounts given by the barbarous natives of the origin of those kingdoms and empires, whose subversion afforded the first inler to the enlightening beams of science, and the bright dawn diffused over every objects, by the use of those characters invented happily to carry our ideas to posterity, with the same precision they occured to our own minds? Accordingly we find, that nothing can be more improbable, fuperftitious, and ridiculous, than the account given of the Peruvians, before they were reduced by their Incas to a reguJar form of government, unless we except the means by Mod. Hist. Vol. XXXIX.