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Relationship between American Indians and puritans of the 16

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Justin Bystrom

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Transcript of Relationship between American Indians and puritans of the 16

How did the Indians and the puritans get along at first?
Native Americans welcomed Puritan settlers to their shores. Many of them thought that the armed Europeans would protect them from their more powerful native enemies.

They also welcomed the trade with Puritans in skins and hides, receiving wampum in the form of shells and beads in exchange. Native Americans shared with the settlers their belongings, supplies, food, and the skills necessary for survival in the New World.

What the settlers gave them in exchange would harm them more than the monetary relief: disease, firearms, whiskey, Christianity, and a demand for material goods that would take away their independence.
What conflicts did the Indians and the Puritans face?
There were many conflicts between settlers and natives throughout the colonial period.
One of the first major conflicts occurred in 1637. Word reached Boston in July that an English trader had been killed by Indians.
The Puritans raised a militia and waged war against the Indians for a year.
On June 5, 1637, a militia destroyed a large Indian village at Stonington, Connecticut, and a month later a militia made up of soldiers from three New England colonies tracked down the survivors of the Stonington village at a place near New Haven and slaughtered everyone.
Other Indian men and boys who were captured were sold into slavery in the West Indies.
The women and girls became slaves to white settlers in New England.
With their numbers lowered, their villages burned, and their stored food and supplies stolen, the few Survivors in this tribe left for the west. This was the end of the tribe's in New England.

How did the puritans get more land?

The Puritans made their own laws on what had been native soil and forced natives to abide by their laws. The natives had no understanding of what it meant to sell land to the settlers. Europeans used the natives' lack of knowledge to acquire huge tracts of land without explaining the rights they intended and without fair payment.

At first, the natives joyfully "sold" tribal lands in small and large amounts, believing that ownership would not exclude them from using the land. They realized later that what the Europeans were doing was rapidly acquiring private use of all the tribal lands in New England and forcing natives on these lands to the laws of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

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Relationship between American Indians and puritans of the 1600 and 1700's
What were the major differences between the Native Americans and the Indians?
There were three main differences between the Puritans and Native Americans; religion, laws and the community. The differences in religion were that the Puritans were Christians.

The Bible was the guidebook for their lives. They abided by the Bible in every way and expected others to do so as well. Native Americans had religious beliefs but no holy books.

They applied the Bible to their legal system. The goal of native punishment was to appease the members of the tribe.

Lastly the differences in community were that the Puritans did not want people who were not Puritan in their community. The Native Americans were not as exclusive, trading between tribes to strengthen bonds.
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Daily Life in Colonial New England by Claudia Durst Johnson. The Greenwood Press -Kennon, Donald R. "BIBLIOGRAPHY." [Indian] Relationships With The Europeans. N.p., 2002. Web. 23 Sept. 2014.

Francis J. Bremer (24 July 2009). Puritanism: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press. p. 2. ISBN 978-0-19-533455-5. Retrieved 9 November 2012.

"The Puritans: A Sourcebook of Their Writings". Perry Miller and Thomas H. Johnson.

Gay, Peter (1984), The Bourgeois Experience: The Tender Passion, W. W. Norton & Company

Relationships between the Native Americans and Puritans
What were the major differences?
What conflicts occurred between them
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