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name. Tlie religion of these idolaters is very sin
gular, for they acknoAvledge a supreme being, who,
they imagine, manifests himself to them in the
figure of some animal which feeds in their fields ;
and when this dies, tlvey substitute another, after
having signified very great demonstrations of re
gret for the fate of the one whicli is lost.

AKANKIA, a river of the province and go
vernment of Louisiana. It is an arm of the Mis
sissippi, which runs s. s. e. and enters the lake of
Maurepas.

AKANSA, a settlement of Indians of the pro
vince and government of Louisiana. It has a fort
built by the French, and it is near the mouth of
the river of its name, where it enters the Missis
sippi.

Akansa, another settlement in the same pro
vince
, situate also on the shore of the aforesaid
river, and distinguished by the name of Petit
Akansa.

Akansa (river), a river of the above province and
government
. It rises in the country of the Oza
ques Indians, runs many leagues s. e. as far as the
town of Satovis, Avhen, turning to the s. it enters
by two mouths into the Mississippi, being through
out subject to large cataracts.

AKOUKA, a settlement of the province of La
Guayana, in the Dutch possessions, or colony of
Surinam ; situate on the shore of the river Little,
just before it enters tlie Marawin.

[ALABAHA, a considerable river in E. Flo
rida
. Also said to be the name of a branch of St.
Mary’s river.]

[ALABAHA, a considerable river of Georgia,
which pursues a s. course to thegulph of Mexico,
100 miles w. of the head of St. Mary’s river. Its
banks are low, and a trifling rain sAvells it to more
than a mile in Avidth. In a freshet the current is
rapid, and those Avho pass are in danger of being
^entangled in vines and briars, and droAvned ; they
are also in r<'ul danger from great numbers of hun
gry alligators. The country for nearly iOO miles
on each side of this river, that is to say, from the
l)ead of St. Mary’s to Flint river, Avhicli is 90
miles w. of the Alabaha, is a continued soft, miry
Avaste, affording neither water nor food for men or
beasts ; and is so poor indeed, as that the common
game of the Avoods are not found here. The
i ountry on the of Alabaha is rather preferable
to that on the e.l

[ALABAMOUS, an old French fort, in the
w. part of Georgia ; situate between Coosa and
Tallapoose rivers, and not far from their conflu
ence.]

ALABAMA, an Indian village, delightfully
situated on the banks of the Mississippi, on several
swelling green hills, gradually ascending from the
verge of the river. These Indians are the remains
of the ancient Alabama nation, who inhabited the
e. arm of the Great Mobile river,. Avhich still bears
their name, now possessed by the Creeks, or Mns
cogulges, who conquered the former.]

[Alabama River is formed by the junction
of the Coosa or Coosee, or High Town river, and
Tallapoosee river, at Little Tallasee, and runs in
a s. w. direction, until it meets Tombigbee river
from the n. w. at the great island which it there
forms, 90 miles from the mouth of Mobile bay, in
thegulph of Mexico. This beautiful river has a
gentle current, pure waters, and excellent fish.
It runs about two miles an hour, is 70 or 80 rods
wide at its head, and from 15 to 18 feet deep in
the driest season. The banks are about 50 feet
high, and seldom, if ever, overfloAved. Travellers
have gone down in large boats, in the month of
May, in nine days, from Little Tallasee fo Mobile
bay, Avhich is about 350 miles by water. Its banks
abound Avith valuable productions in the vegetable
and mineral kingdoms.

[ALABASTER, or Eleutheua, one of the
Bahama or Lucayo islands, on which is a small fort
and garrison. It is on the Great Bahama bank.
The soil of this island and Harbour island, which
lies at the n. end of it, is better tlian Providence
island, and produces the greatest part of the pine
apples that are exported ; the climate is very
healthy. Lat. 24° 40' to 26° 30' n. Long. 76° 22'
to 76° 56' W.1

[ALACHUA Savannah is a level green plain,
in the country of the Indians of that name in
E. Florida, situate about 75 miles w. from St.
Augustine. It is about 15 miles over, and 50 in
circumference ; and scarcely a tree or bush of any
kind to be seen on it. It is encircled Avith high
sloping hills, covered with Avaving forests, and
fragrant orange groves, rising from an exube
ranfly fertile soil. The ancient Alachua town
stood on the borders of this savannah ; but the
Indians mnoved to Cuscowilla, two miles distant,
on account of the unhealthiness of the former site,
occasioned by the stench of the putrid fisli and
reptile.s, in the summer and autumn, driven on
shore by the alligafors, and <he noxious exhulu
tions from the marshes of ti)e savannah. Though
the horned cattle and horses bred in these meadows
are large, sleek, sprightly, and faf, yet they are
subject to mortal diseases; such as the water rot,
or scald, occasioned by the warm Avater of the sa
vannah ; Avhile those which, range in the high
forests are clear of this (lisonler.1 °

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