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Day 5 - Lecture - Wars with the Natives Voted that the...

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Wars with the Natives “Voted that the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; voted, that the earth is given to the Saints; voted, we are the Saints.” (Minutes of Town Meeting, Milford CT, 1640) Image: The Seal of the Massachusetts Bay Colony depicts a native asking Europeans to “Come Over and Help Us” Indians did not believe it was able to own something like land European colonists did believe this and used to arrest Indians who were caught “trespassing” onto their land. The Environmental Consequences of English Settlement 1. Colonists cleared forests to create pastures for livestock and fields for raising grain. 2. Colonists used the timber to build houses, barns, fences and ships. 3. Those changes strangled Indians’ traditional food supply: “You know our fathers had plenty of deer… and our coves [were] full o fish and fowl/ But these English have gotten out land, they with scythes cut down the grass, and with axes fell the trees; their cows and horses eat the grass, and their hogs spoil out clam banks, and we shall be starved.” (Narragansett chief, 1642) The currency used to pay these bribes was wampum, the beads made from seashells that many Indians from the northeast used for currency sake. The English accepted this
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This note was uploaded on 01/26/2011 for the course HISTORY 156 taught by Professor Berlin during the Fall '09 term at Maryland.

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