Early relations between the Settlers and the Indigenous Population

“Puritans, Indians, and the Concept of Race” by G. E. Thomas, The New England Quarterly, Vol. 48, No. 1, March 1975.

“At Wessagusset in 1621, a group of ne’er-do-well Englishmen led by one Thomas Weston settled with no proper allowance for the winter months. When their food supplies ran low they robbed the local Indians. In spite of repeated complaints from the Indians, the Plymouth authorities, although exasperated with Weston and contemptuous of his group, took no action to stop the depredations by the Wessagusset whites. On the contrary, in what was to become a recurring pattern, Plymouth officials …
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