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VIII. Mr Baldwin of Worcester, Massachusetts, a gentleman who has intelligently collated all known facts relating to the mound builders, dates the period in which they flourished,- as a rough approximation,- at one thousand years before the Christian Era. Whether the mounds I examined in Florida, which are all of earth, belong to the same age as the those in the Western States, or in the Mississippi Valley, it is impossible now to say. All that we can state with certainty in regard to their antiquity is, that there is a tradition among the few remaining Indians in the southern part of the state, that "[[underlined]] they have always been there[[/underlined]]", and that the discovery of certain Spanish coins, - to which I shall again allude, -shows that they were used as burial places, in all probability, during the sixteenth century.
IX. There is but little doubt