Wednesday, November 21, 2018
The Pilgrims (Excerpt from "Columbus Day vs Indigenous Peoples' Day," Chapter 9)
The same way revisionists make claims about Columbus without providing sources, so is the same, at least in my experience, with the Pilgrims. There are several memes out there claiming that Thanksgiving Day is a celebration of terrorism, smallpox, colonization, torture, theft of lands, etc. Don’t believe me? Look it up!
One day someone was telling me, on social media, the Pilgrims were thieves. But of course, like anti-Columbus activists do, he did not provide primary historical sources to support his assessment. The Pilgrims were Christians, so I knew what was behind his argument was that “Christians are corrupt.” Remember, revisionists don’t like the Judeo-Christian and Western Civilization values Columbus, and later the Pilgrims, brought.
I Google searched to see if I could find more information about that claim, and found an article stating that the Pilgrims were, also, raiding Indigenous people graves.
When I looked for their source, it was none other than James Loewen, who by the way, did not live during that era. Loewen’s version of the story is that the Pilgrims found some empty Indian houses, robbed them, desecrated their graves and gave thank to God and not the Indians.
Question: Why would a thief give thanks to the person he steals from? The reason why the Pilgrims did not thank the Indians for what they took was that every time they found an Indian, the Indian fled.
Bradford’s History of the Plymouth Settlement, Rendered into Modern English by Harold Paget. Chapter X, pages 67-69. (The ebook version is free on Internet Archive).
As for the “grave digging,” they (initially) did not know they were graves. From primary historical source, Mourt’s Relation or Journal of the Plantation at Plymouth, pages 19-20 (the ebook version is free on Google books): “... we found a little path to certaine heapes of sand, one whereof was covered with old Matts, and had a woodden thing like a morter whelmed on the top of it, and an earthen pot layd in a little hole at the end thereof.”
Reader, does that sound to you like a grave?
“...we musing what it might be, digged & found a Bow, and, as we thought, Arrowes, but they were rotten ; We supposed there were many other things, but because we deemed them graues” (graves), “we put in the Bow againe and made it vp as it was, and lest the rest vntouched” (untouched), “because we thought it would be odious vnto them to ranfacke” (ransacked, meaning, stealing) “their Sepulchers.”
Just in case, the quotes above have not misspellings. It’s just archaic English.
The explorers went further and found food, which they took with them. The reason why they dug the ground again, was because some of the food was underground. The reason they did not pay the Indians for the food they took was that, as I said before, every time they saw an Indian, the Indian would flee. The reason why they took, and kept the food with them, was because they were starving, and would have died; which is why they thanked God for surviving, in the middle of nowhere, during a cold winter. They did not pay the Indians at that moment, but they promised themselves they would… and they did. Mourt’s Relation or Journal of the Plantation at Plymouth, pages 38-39.
The Pilgrims kept digging for food, but found a body they did not know if it was Indian or European. To stay in this place was controversial to them, but they decided to stay because exploring other places in a bad winter weather could turn fatal to them. Mourt’s Relation or Journal of the Plantation at Plymouth, page 34.
Eventually, they met with the Indian chief and paid him for the trouble.
Mourt’s Relation or Journal of the Plantation at Plymouth, page 115.
As for real theft, The Pilgrims came to America looking for religious freedom, but they brought people who were not believers with them as well. It is those unbelievers who were involved with the real theft. What revisionists won’t tell you is that the Pilgrims made laws, against theft, and punished those who committed that crime. Bradford’s History of the Plymouth Settlement, Book II, chapter I, page 75.
Some were “whipped when they were caught stealing a few ears of corn.” Bradford’s History of the Plymouth Settlement, Book II, Chapter III, page 108.
“... three men were tried and executed for robbery and murder.” Bradford’s History of the Plymouth Settlement, Book II, Chapter XIX, pages 293-294.
What revisionists won’t mention is that Indians did the same : “Captaine Miles Standish, and Francis Cooked being at worke in the Woods, comming home, left their tooles behind them, but before they returned, their tooles were taken away by the Savages.” Mourt’s Relation or Journal of the Plantation at Plymouth, page 80.
The same happened with Captain John Smith a few years earlier; Indians would steal the settlers tools and swords. Travels and Works of Captain John Smith, Edited by Edward Arber. Published by Burt Franklin, pages 32-33.
“The Indians were much afraid of the Tarantines, a tribe to the eastward, who used to come at harvest time and take away their corn, and often kill some of them.” Bradford’s History of the Plymouth Settlement, Book I, Chapter II, page 88.
“Mr. Weston... got a boat… on the way ashore he was caught in a storm… Afterwards he fell into the hands of the Indians, who robbed him of all that he had saved from the wreck, and stripped him of all his clothes to his shirt.” Bradford’s History of the Plymouth Settlement, Book I, Chapter IV, page 114.
A group of colonists were starving. The Indians refused to lend them a hogshead of corn. The colonists end up as their servants. “In the end some starved and died… Often, while they were cooking a pot of ground-nuts or shell-fish, when it was ready, the Indians would come and eat it up; and at night they would come and steal the blankets from such few as had them, and let them lie in the cold.” Bradford’s History of the Plymouth Settlement, pages 111-112.
If Indians were stealing, does that mean Indigenous Peoples' Day is also a celebration of theft? That is the way revisionists reason these things. I’m just revealing their hypocrisy.
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