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Thursday, November 27, 2003

Thanks For Nothing

You remember those helpful natives who came and helped out the Pilgrims for the first Thanksgiving? You ever wonder what happened to them?

They were called the Wampanoag. About fifty years after the Mayflower landed, they got involved in the extraordinarily vicious King Philip's War.

As with most "Indian Wars," it was a case of the distrust on both sides rising as the white settlers expanded. It was triggered, as were most Indian Wars, by a fight over ownership of a cow. It was a brutal affair, with extremely high casualty rates for both civilians and soldiers on both sides. There were plenty of gruesome executions, on both sides. And it ended with the natives who survived being rounded up and sold into slavery in the West Indies.

Happy Turkey Day.
- Rowan Kaiser, 2:15 PM
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