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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Primary Documents with References to NA's

“A Declaration of The State of The Colony and Affairs in VIRGINIA... sets policy: Because the way of conquering them (Indians) is much more easie then of civilizing them by faire meanes, for they are a rude, barbarous, and naked people.”
~ Edward Waterhouse, 1622
“He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.”
~John Hancock, the Declaration of Independence
“And I do believe we shall continue to grow, to multiply and prosper until we exhibit an association, powerful; wise and happy, beyond what has yet been seen by men. As for France and England, with all their preeminence in science, the one is a den of robbers, and the other of pirates. And if science produces no better fruits than tyranny, murder, rapine and destitution of national morality, I would rather wish our country to be ignorant, honest and estimable, as our neighboring savages are.”
~Thomas Jefferson in Letter to Ticknor, 1816 N. Y. Pub. Lib., MS, IV, 338
Then there was the question of land: “A wild Indian requires a thousand acres to roam over, while an intelligent man will find a comfortable support for his family on a very small tract... Barbarism is costly, wasteful and extravagant. Intelligence promotes thrift and increases prosperity.” (Adams, p.20).
~David Wallace Adams, Education for Extinction - American Indians and the Boarding School Experience 1875-1928, University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 1995.

The Declaration of Independence—Except for 'Indian Savages'