Colonists vs Native Americans, Rd 3

“One agricultural disadvantage of tobacco is that it rapidly depletes the soil.  Rather than organically restoring the soil, most Virginia planters simply abandoned the land once it was spent.”

“Before long, there wasn’t enough land for both the white settlers and the Indians. This forced the Powhatan Indians to move their settlements…”

“Finally the Powhatans had no place left to move.  These Indians had been willing to coexist with a few hundred white settlers. But once settlers kept coming by the thousands, the Powhatans realized that they were going to be shoved out of existence if they didn’t do something.”

“So these Indians finally decided to fight back to avoid annihilation.  In 1622, a new Powhatan chief led a well-coordinated series of surprise attacks on several English settlements….they killed 347 colonists…”

“After agreeing on a truce with the Indians, the English colonists proposed a toast to seal the peace agreement.  They knew the Indians had a strong thirst for white man’s liquor.  But on this occasion they lace the liquor with poison.  After drinking the poisoned liquor 200 Indians fell dead.  The settlers then slaughtered 50 more of them.

Not content to stop there, the Virgina settlers started an organized campaign against the Powhatans.”

The European settlers consistently pushed their way into Indian territory, forcing them to move, and then considered it self-defense to kill them when the Indians got fed up.  Our history books talk about how violent and war-like the Natives were, but that wasn’t always the case and definitely not the whole story.

Also, remember which of these groups claimed to be “Christian.”

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Colonials vs Native Americans, Round 2

Teddy Roosevelt, in The Winning of the West, presented the American mentality a hundred years after the Revolution.

“No treaties, whether between civilized nations or not, can ever be regarded as binding in perpetuity.  With changing conditions, circumstances may arise which render it not only expedient, but imperative and honorable, to abrogate them.  Whether the whites won the land by treaty, by armed conquest, or, as was actually the case, by a mixture of both, mattered comparatively little so long as the land was won.  It was all-important that it should be won for the benefit of civilization and in the interests of mankind.  It is, indeed, a warped perverse, and silly morality which would forbid a course of conquest that has turned whole continents into the seats of mighty and flourishing civilized nations.” (p. 19)

“…the hard, energetic, practical men who do the rough pioneer work of civilization in barbarous lands are not prone to false sentimentality.  The people who are, are the people who stay at home.  Often these stay-at-homes are too selfish and indolent, too lacking in imagination, to understand the racial importance of the work which is done by their pioneer brethren in wild and distant lands.  So they judge them by standards which would only be applicable to quarrels in their own townships and parishes.”  (p. 20)

“The most ultimately righteous of all wars is a war with savages, though it is apt to be also the most terrible and inhuman.  The rude, fierce settler who drives the savage from the land lays all civilized mankind under a debt to him.” (p. 21)

Berc0t:  “The English policies guaranteed that the white man and the Indians would not be able to live in peace.  Because they couldn’t live together, one side had to go.  And that was the Indians.  We’re talking about genocide….”  (p. 22)

There is more I could have quoted from Teddy, but I hope his arrogance and disdain for the Native Americans (and those who might not join in the killing/colonizing) comes across clearly.

Colonials vs Native Americans, Round 1

“The English policy toward the Indians becomes shocking only when we recognize what it really meant.”  David Bercot

Sir George Peckham, in The Advantages of Colonization says that there are only two conditions in which it would be lawful for Christians to take land from ‘savages’:  “The First is when Christians, by the good feelings and willing assent of the savages to have quiet possession.  The second is when Christians are unjustly repulsed, and they seek to attain and maintain the right for which they come.”

Bercot comments:  “That, of course, is nothing more than a clever way of saying that it’s always right for English Christians to establish settlements among “savages.”  After all, what other situations could there be than the two that Peckham described?  Either the native people would voluntarily allow the English to plant settlements in their lands, or the native people wouldn’t allow the English to plant settlements and would try to repulse them.”

Puritan minister John Cotton said pretty much the same thing as Peckham:  “no nation is to drive out another without special commission from Heaven, such as the Israelites had, unless the natives do unjustly wrong them, and will not recompense the wrongs done in a peaceable way.  And then they may right themselves by lawful war and subdue the country unto themselves.”

Bercot:  The English policy toward the Indians becomes shocking only when we recognize what it really meant.  The English Christians were saying that they had the right to come to America and settle on any land they chose that appeared to be “vacant.” The native inhabitants would, of course, object to this and attack them.  Once the natives did this, the English had the right to annihilate the natives in retaliation.  That’s what the English Christians were saying, but couching it in innocent language.”

God:  Thou shalt not steal.  Turn the other cheek . Love your enemies

Happy Rebellion Against God’s Instituted Leader Day!!!

“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.

This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”

Romans 13:1-7