Skip to comments.No, It Wasn't French vs. Indians
Posted on 01/01/2005 6:44:12 AM PST by Pharmboy
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I am curious, what has animated you to revisit this thread three months later?
Why has this been revived three months later?
True. The Amherst incident was an attempt at Genocide, whereas the attacks on New England Farmmhouses, with were usually happening at the same time as attacks on indian villages, were part of warfare...
That being said, there were good and bad on both sides. The indians certainly were far from perfect, and committed our share of attrocities - I know that and you know that - however, some people seem to think that it was only indians that committed attrocities - and you and I both know that is patently false.
How ya been, by the way? Havn't seen you around much. Things good? :)
I was just reading up on what this site is all about. It is all new to me. Say, what is the definition of trolls on this site. Thank you.
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Umm, no, they were attempts at GENOCIDE, they were trying to wipe out ALL the white men and women, and it started DECADES before the French and Indian Wars of the 1700's, in fact, the first attempt to wipe out the White settlers happened 2 years after Plymouth Rock, when the Pilgrims discovered a plot of the 4 surrounding tribes planning to wipe them out just because they were white.
Jeffrey Amherst did that Smallpox blanket thing to only one tribe, he didn't do it more than once, and he didn't do it to multiple tribes in multiple states, while the Indians of New England tried to kill the settlers in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.
My personal belief, is that because of the murders and ambushes of the 1600's and early 1700's by the New England and Virginia Indians, all Indians who were seen after that were immediately considered the enemy.
One scary thought I can imagine, is a friendly Indian, calmly walking down the street in the town he was raised near, dressed as an Indian, coming in to town to trade furs or whatever with the townfolk he grew up next to, is suddenly seen by a European immigrant, his FIRST Indian sighting, and because of the $.10 novels he read on the boat ride, thinks ALL Indians are evil, and then shoots that friendly Indian.
In fact, I would be willing to bet that those incidents certainly colored all treaties with every tribe afterwards, there was no consideration of the individual tribes or 'Nation' of Indians as they thought of themselves.
Somebody pinged me, I didnt even go back and read what I previously posted, I was wondering why I was pinged myself! :)
Well, he had an interesting life.
Several excellent books and "historical novels" about the history of relations between the North American Indians and new settlers from Europe and elsewhere.
BTW, some Indians did write down what were their thoughts and remembrances. Several knew and spoke English and French very well.
As to the beginning of the French and Indian War, events began with the work done by the French, on an expedition down the Ohio River valley, during which they planted several large lead tablets, on which were inscribed, declarations of the realm of his Most Christian King.
The British Crown objected to that intrusion [in its view] and to the additional expeditions by the French, intended to establish a system of forts and trading posts in defense of the claims.
George Washington was given the assignment of passing the word to the French.
He really did lead a most interesting and important life. And, one of the most fascinating things about him is that his second love (after Martha) was his farm.
Don't forget to mention the Donner Party where the Whites ate the two "Indians."
Oh, What about Columbus savagery on the Arawaks? What about it?
Debates can go on and on and on.......