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This novel introduces Natty Bumppo as 'Deerslayer,' a young frontiersman in early 18th-century New York. He is contrasted to other frontiersmen and settlers in the novel who have no compunctions in taking scalps in that his natural philosophy is that every living thing should follow 'the gifts' of its nature which would keep European Americans from taking scalps.

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