God forgive America
Part 5.

In 1623, the Jamestown Colonists passed legislation that indicated their hostility toward the indigenous people. Act 32 states:

that at the beginning of July next the inhabitants of every corporation shall fall upon their adjoining savages, as we did last year, those that shall be hurt upon services, to be cured at the public charge; in case any to be lamed to be maintained by the country according to his person and quality.

That same year, "Mather the Elder" delivered a sermon in Plymouth in which he gave special thanks to God for the devastating plague of smallpox which wiped out the majority of the Wampanoag who had been their benefactors. He praised God for destroying "chiefly young men and children, the very seeds of increase, thus clearing the forests to make way for a better growth", i.e., the Pilgrims. This was the real type of "thanksgiving" that the Pilgrims were offering their god in the 1600's.

In 1624 English soldiers killed 800 defenseless men, women, and children in their own village.

About this time, Virginia's governor William Berkley proposed a plan to kill all the male indigenous people, and to sell the women and children into slavery. He calculated that the price they would get for selling the women and children would more than cover the costs of killing the men.

In 1626 the Dutch founded New Amsterdam (later New York). It was the Dutch who introduced the barbaric practice of scalping into the land. Ironically, this practice which was perpetrated upon the indigenous people would later come to be attributed to the indigenous "savages"!

In 1630 Boston was founded. In sharp contrast to the true democracy practiced by the indigenous people, voting rights in Boston were granted only to members of the Puritan church.

In 1636 a Colonist by the name of John Oldham was killed by some among the Narragansett people indigenous to Block Island (off the coast of what is now known as Rhode Island). The Colonists immediately retaliated by killing more than a dozen Narragansett people (whether or not they had anything to do with the murder of Oldham.)

Despite the fact that the Narragansett promised to bring Oldham's killers to justice (and sent 200 warriors to Block Island to carry out the promise), the Puritan leaders saw it as an opportunity to spill more blood. They attacked Block Island with a force of 100 soldiers, but only managed to kill the few Narragansett who were unable to flee. So they contented themselves with burning houses and crops.

The soldiers then headed back to the mainland where their governor ordered them to attack the Pequot people (who, of course, had nothing to do with the Oldham murder.)

The Pequots ran out to greet the soldiers -- having no cause to imagine a conflict between them. After negotiations failed, they were forced to flee as the soldiers once again stooped to burning villages and crops.

The Pequots retaliated with a brief attack on Fort Saybrook.

Next, the Connecticut troops, led by John Mason, joined forces with some Narragansett warriors (long time enemies of the Pequot). Mason planned a sneak attack at dawn on the main Pequot village. When the Narragansett saw that he planned a wholesale massacre, they decided to have nothing to do with it and withdrew. Mason told them to watch how Englishmen would fight.

Mason had his men attack from two directions as the unsuspecting Pequots slept. The soldiers began slashing and shooting at anything that moved. The villagers were almost entirely innocent civilians with very few warriors in residence.

"We must burn them!" Mason shouted, as he torched the wigwams -- many being still populated.

And indeed such a dreadful Terror did the Almighty let fall upon their Spirits, that they would fly from us and run into the very Flames, where many of them perished... God was above them, who laughed his enemies and the enemies of his people to Scorn, making them as a fiery Oven: thus were the Stout Hearted spoiled, having slept their last Sleep, and none of their Men could find their Hands: Thus did the Lord judge among the Heathen, filling the Place with dead bodies.
Mason, A Brief History of the Pequot War, p. 9-10

Underhill, who had started setting fire to the other side of the village, had this to say of the event:

Great and doleful was the bloody sight to the view of young soldiers that never had been to war, to see so many souls lie gasping on the ground, so thick, in some places, that you could hardly pass along... Sometimes the Scripture declareth that women and children must perish with their parents.

Underhill, Newes from America, p. 39-40

And Cotton Mather, the "Puritan divine" and revered pastor of the Second Church of Boston, celebrated the burning of the feeble old men, women, and children in their beds. He wrote:

In a little more than one hour, five or six hundred of these barbarians were dismissed from a world that was burdened with them.
Mather, Magnalia Christi Americana

This is the same cleric who had this to say, in 1693, about the enslavement of Africans in the US:

Negroes were enslaved because they had sinned against God.
Mather, Rules for the Society of the Negroes

The Pequot's land proved not to be enough for the Colonists, and eventually they set their sights on the land of the Narragansett and the Wampanoag in "King Phillip's War" of 1675-1676.

In this war, the soldiers behaved in the by-now familiar way: killing thousands, burning women and children to death in their homes, torching villages and crops... In one battle alone 600 were massacred, many by fire, causing the "reverend" Cotton Mather to refer to it as a "barbecue".

The pattern was set, and so it continued throughout the 17th through 19th centuries. Treaties were evidently only made with the indigenous nations to lure them into a false sense of security prior to attacking them. "treaties were made to be violated" would've been a fitting motto for the European "settlers".

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