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the history of Utah we come upon a new series of social phenomena,
whose multiformity and unconventionality awaken the liveliest
interest. We find ourselves at once outside the beaten track of
conquest for gold and glory; of whole sale robberies and human
slaughters... of encomiendas, repartimientos, serfdoms, or other
species of civilized imposition; of missionary invasion resulting
in certain death to the aborigines, but in broad acres and well
filled storehouses for the men of practical piety; of emigration
for rich and cheap lands, or for colonization and empire alone;
nor have we here a hurried scramble for wealth, or a corporation
for the management of a game preserve.
"Anything written at the present day which may properly be called a history of Utah must be largely a history of the Mormons, these being the first white people to settle in the country, and a present largely occupying it. "
Source: History of Utah... 1540-1887, by Hubert Howe Bancroft.