HIST 200 Lecture (1.22.2007)

HIST 200 Lecture (1.22.2007) - HIST-200 Lecture Pocahontas...

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HIST-200 Lecture 1/22/2007 Pocahontas - History of her often comes through popular culture - “Colors of the wind” o “ignorant savage, savage one, you think you own whatever land you land on, can claim, you think the only people who are people are the people who look and think like you, never wonder what they’re worth, white or copper- skinned” Indians not proto-ecologists (not at one with environment) Most are mobile Most exploit the environment (burn forest to get farmland) Western tribes: Buffaloes slaughtered Being at one with nature: popular imagery rather than reality - “Savages” o Race imagery “filthy little heathens, whole distinguishing race ( English are not separating them out yet), only good when dead (violence to the extent of savagery is projected forward timewise), our shore (shows possession), paleface is a demon, all is greed” Plymouth - if had not been first colony established, very little significance would be given o never large in size, never economically sound o Massachusetts absorbed it - A first - Call them PILGRIMS, not separatists o Dangerous to English crown Believe Church of England is corrupt (hence, separate from it) o Turn to Netherlands for help Dutch are somewhat tolerant o Construct a deal with VA Co. of London Depart late in 1620 on the Mayflower, got caught in Atlantic storms, arriving not in Virginia, but in Plymouth o Drew up Mayflower Compact “America’s first constitution”: not really… Agreed to form themselves into a civil body politic Agreed to govern themselves (without a king’s charter) and religiously motivated Elect William Bradford o Winter of 1620: 44 of original 102 survive Still believe that God provides Fur, fishing, lumber, shipbuilding o Plymouth Experiment Convinced English people back home that English men and women could survive “this far north”
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