An enquiry into the origin of the population of America from the old continent, [ca. 1820]


Date: Circa 1820 | Size: 1 volume(s), 1 translation, 184 p.


This work was translated by Peter S. Du Ponceau from Vater's "Untersuchungen über Amerikas Bevölkerung aus dem alten Kontinente" (Leipzig, 1810). It was Du Ponceau's opinion that Vater was moved to write this book by Benjamin Smith Barton's "New Views of the Origin of the Tribes and Nations of America," which Vater often quoted. Contains bibliographical notes.

Background note

Johann Severin Vater was a German theologian and philologist.

Collection Information

Physical description

1 translation, 184 p.


Presented by Peter S. Du Ponceau, 1840; accessioned, 1900 (5365).

Alternate formats available

This volume is also available on microfilm (Film 1285).

Related material

A copy of Vater's 1810 German text may also be found in the American Philosophical Society Library (572.97/V45).

Early American History Note

This volume contains Peter DuPonceau's translation of Johann Vater's analysis of the origins of Amerindians.

Indexing Terms


  • Manuscript Essays

Geographic Name(s)

  • America -- Antiquities.

Personal Name(s)

  • Barton, Benjamin Smith, 1766-1815
  • Du Ponceau, Peter Stephen, 1760-1844
  • Vater, Johann Severin,1771-182


  • Native America
  • Population -- History.