[The action is set] around New Jersey and Manhattan island and environs. The Water-Witch is a trim, beautiful, very fast sailing vessel smuggling goods into the North American colonies of the last Stuart Monarch, Queen Anne. The time is the early second decade of the 18th Century, approximately 1712.
In this, the first of the Leatherstocking Tales, we meet Natty Bumppo as a young man living in upstate New York in the early 1740s. Bumppo, called Deerslayer, and his friend Hurry Harry approach Lake Glimmerglass, or Otsego, where the trapper Thomas Hutter lives with his daughters, the beautiful Judith and the feeble-minded Hetty.
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There is nothing imaginary in the fertility of the West. Personal observation has satisfied us that it much surpasses anything that exists in the Atlantic States, unless in exceptions, through the agency of great care and high manuring, or in instances of peculiar natural soil. In these times, men almost fly. We have passed over a thousand miles of territory within the last few days, and have brought the pictures at the two extremes of this journey in close proximity in our mind's eye. Time may lessen that wonderful fertility, and bring the whole country more on a level; but there it now is, a glorious gift from God, which it is devoutly to be wished may be accepted with due gratitude and with a constant recollection of his unwavering rules of right and wrong, by those who have been selected to enjoy it.
This vintage book contains a fascinating account of the history of north America, being an exploration of the legends and traditions of its early settlers. It constitutes an attempt to preserve for future generations of the author’s family, information concerning the conditions of those who lived, struggled, and died in the formative years of American colonisation. “The Legends and Traditions of a Northern County” will appeal to those with an interest in American history, and it would make for a worthy addition to collections of allied literature. Contents include: “An Introduction”, “Early Settlements And Settlers”, “Local Nonclemature”, “The Four Corners”, “Ghosts—ours And Others”, “A Graveyard Romance—a Tragedy And A Scandal”, “Some Abandoned Houses”, “The Red—the Black—and The White Man”, “A Great Highway”, “A Lost Atmosphere”, et cetera. Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern edition complete with a specially commissioned new introduction.
The story takes place on the rapidly advancing frontier of New York State and features an elderly Leatherstocking (Natty Bumpo), Judge Marmaduke Temple of Templeton, and Elizabeth Temple of the fictional Templeton, New York. The story begins with an argument between the Judge and Leatherstocking over who killed a buck, and as Cooper reviews many of the changes to New York's Lake Otsego, questions of environmental stewardship, conservation, and use prevail. Leatherstocking and his closest friend, the Mohican Indian Chingachgook, begin to compete with the Temples for the loyalties of a mysterious young visitor, a "young hunter" known as Oliver Edwards, who eventually marries Elizabeth. Chingachgook dies, and Natty vanishes into the sunset.