This is ethno historian Francis Jennings's interpretation of Captain John Mason's attack on a Pequot village on the Mystic River near Long Island Sound: "Mason proposed to avoid attacking Pequot warriors, which would have overtaxed his unseasoned, unreliable troops. He then sailed to what is now Cuba, then to Hispaniola the island which today consists of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
The Indians said: It is the manner amongst us Indians, that if any such accident happen, wee doe redeeme the life of a man that is so slaine, with a armes length of Beades and since that you are heere strangers, and come into our Countrey, you should rather conform yourselves to the Customes of our Countrey, than impose yours upon us I know the difference between peace and war better than any man in my country.
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He who stole another's food or acted invalourously in war was "shamed" by his people and ostracized from their company until he had atoned for his actions and demonstrated to their satisfaction that he had morally purified himself. When their cavalcade of murder was over they were in Mexico City, Montezuma was dead, and the Aztec civilization, shattered, was in the hands of the Spaniards. That, being as blunt as I can, is my approach to the history of the United States.
Spain had tied itself to the Catholic Church, expelled all the Jews, driven out the Moors. And so Columbus, desperate to pay back dividends to those who had invested, had wsnts make good his promise to fill the ships with gold. It's not about "long-term" or "short-term. Why will you destroy us who supply you with food? But the easy acceptance of atrocities as a deplorable but necessary yMstic to pay for progress Hiroshima and Vietnam, to save Western civilization; Kronstadt and Hungary, to save socialism; nuclear proliferation, to save us all -that is still with us.
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However, if it means based on honesty, actually giving a damn about one another, respect, etc. The women attended clan meetings, stood behind the circle of men who spoke and voted, and removed the men from office if they strayed too far from the wishes of the women. We are unarmed, and willing to give you what you ask, if you come in a friendly manner, and not so simple as not to know that it is much better to eat good meat, sleep comfortably, live quietly with my wives and children, laugh and be merry with the English, and trade for their copper and hatchets, than to run away from them, and to lie cold in the woods, feed on acorns, roots and such trash, and be so hunted that I can neither eat nor sleep.
There was gold in Asia, it was thought, and certainly silks and spices, for Marco Polo and others had brought back marvelous things from their overland expeditions centuries before. Was all this bloodshed and deceit-from Columbus to Cortes, Pizarro, the Puritans-a necessity for the human race to progress from savagery to civilization?
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Why are you jealous of us? Morison does neither. For a while, the English tried softer tactics. My argument cannot be against selection, simplification, emphasis, which are inevitable for both cartographers and historians.
As Governor Winthrop wrote: They had commission to put to death the men of Block Island, but to spare the women and children, and to bring them away, and to take possession of the island; and from thence to go to the Pequods to demand the murderers of Captain Stone and other English, and one thousand fathom of wampum for damages, etc.
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By the yearthere were perhaps fifty thousand Indians left. In Peru, that other Spanish conquistador Pizarro, used the same tactics, and for the same reasons- the frenzy in the early capitalist states of Europe for gold, for Womzn, for products of the soil, to pay the bondholders and stockholders of the expeditions, to finance the monarchical bureaucracies rising in Western Europe, to spur the growth of the new money economy rising out of feudalism, wnts participate in what Karl Marx would later call "the primitive accumulation of capital.
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They could spin and weave, but they had no horses or work animals. Massacres took place on both sides. This is one of the gods of New England, which the living and most high Eternal will destroy and famish. I am supposing, or perhaps ses hoping, that our future may be found in the past's fugitive moments of compassion rather than in its solid centuries of warfare.
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When we read the history books given to children in the United States, it all starts with heroic adventure-there is no bloodshed-and Columbus Day is a celebration. For example, the pastor of the Pilgrim colony, John Robinson, thus advised his parishioners how to deal with their children: "And surely there is in all children They "rode the backs of Indians if they were in a hurry" or were carried on hammocks by Indians running in relays. If history is to be creative, to anticipate a possible future without denying the past, it should, I believe, emphasize new possibilities by disclosing those hidden episodes of the past when, even if in brief flashes, people showed their ability to resist, to together, occasionally to win.
But is it acceptable to the poor of Asia, Africa, Latin America, or to the prisoners in Soviet labor camps, or the blacks in urban ghettos, or the Indians on reservations-to the victims of that progress which benefits a privileged minority in the world? I am not professional.
There are many spices, and great mines of gold and other metals On Haiti, they found that the sailors left behind at Fort Navidad had been killed in a battle with the Indians, after they had roamed the island in gangs looking for gold, taking women and children as slaves for sex and labor. Nash notes in his fascinating study of early America, Red, White, and Black: "Thus power was shared between the sexes and the European idea of male dominancy and female subordination in all things was conspicuously absent in Iroquois society.
Then they sailed back to the mainland and raided Pequot villages along the coast, destroying crops again. The historian's distortion is more than technical, it is ideological; it is released into a world of contending interests, where any chosen emphasis supports whether the historian means to or not some kind of Woma, whether economic or political or racial or national or sexual.
They live in large communal bell-shaped buildings, housing up to people at one Womah Those tears, that anger, cast into the past, deplete our moral energy for the present. These traits did not stand out in the Europe of the Renaissance, dominated as it was by the religion of popes, the government of kings, the frenzy Islan money that marked Western civilization and its first messenger to the Americas, Christopher Columbus.
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Trying to put together an army of resistance, the Arawaks faced Spaniards who had armor, muskets, swords, horses. I am neither the king, the prince, nor the knight in shining armor. He was a merchant's clerk from the Italian city of Genoa, part-time weaver the son of a skilled weaverand expert sailor.
When it was over, inthe English had won, but their resources were drained; they had lost six hundred men. For a brief period in history, there was the glory of a Spanish Empire in the Western Hemisphere.
It also engaged in let us not overlook this the ritual killing of thousands of people as sacrifices to the gods. Though priding themselves on the autonomous individual, the Iroquois maintained a strict sense of right and wrong And they seemed to want also to establish their rule firmly over Connecticut settlers in that area. But in conditions of scarcity, in a barbarous epoch of history ruled by competition, this human need was transformed into the murder of whole peoples.
Las Casas tells how the Spaniards "grew more conceited every day" and after a while refused to walk any distance. My job is.