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  • They live together without king, without government, and each is his own master.... Beyond the fact that they have no church, no religion and are not idolaters, what more can I say? They live according to nature, and may be called Epicureans rather than Stoics.
    Amerigo Vespucci (1454-1512), Italian navigator. Letter on the New World, p. 27, The Philosophy of the 16th and 17th Centuries, ed. R.H. Popkin, The Free Press, New York (1966). Vespucci's first report on the natives of the New World.

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