Fruit-bearing trees in indiana

Fruit-bearing trees in indiana

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Fruit-bearing trees in indiana (the ‘Indians’) were marked on by the Governor Caswell. The first annvail taken by him was in March in the eastern part of the colony, where the great number of a peculiar species of apple had been gathered. In the month of September following, a boy of 16 or 17 years of age was brought to him with an idea that he was the rightful possessor of the fruit. Caswell’s second return was also in September, when he went, like the first, to the east. In his absence a company of seven volunteers, with a negro boy, were employed to search for the missing boy, but he was not found. In the autumn of 1722 there is a letter of Governor Endicott's to the General Court, stating that the Indians on the east side of the river, now so infamous as to throw their arrows at a citizen, had lately done worse than this, by firing a bullet at him. 'The same rogue which gave him notice of this, had two months ago stripped him of his gun, tomahawk, &,c. and treated him like a man of no account in the state, and had it not been for a youth who went with him to this place, he would not have been heard of, as we have reason to believe. We hear that he has brought two score more of children with him, the sole support of his wicked and intemperate wife.' In this letter we find also the advice, that, as 'they (the Indians) are the most ferocious enemies we have against us in the province, we cannot allow them to remain in this colony.' It was proposed in consequence to employ certain Indian criers, to cause the young men who had fled with the boys to bring them up to the governor, who would reward them. This plan, if successful, might have lessened the supply of persons to enter into the Indian servitude, as it might be hoped they would not continue to resort to it.

The history of the infanticide among the natives is obscure. Governor Winthrop, in his Life of Savage, records the murders, during his sojourn in Maine, of one Elizabeth Hastings, in 1685. The project of Gov. Endicott to encourage the conversion of these neanderthals was a miserable one, but to abolish them was impossible. Their fate seems to have been inevitable.

Indians like the Romans and the French had frequent drunken bouts or "hoots" as they called them and also in New England.

“Indian women are much superior to men in personal beauty” declared a Massachusetts minister, 18th-century engraving

English settlers in North America frequently found that their children were more intelligent, more physically capable and in some cases, from a

wealthier family, better educated than their children back home in England. This seemed to them the result of an extraordinary blending of

opposites, such as the fierce, rigid Puritans and the racially mixed children of Native Americans.

Thomas Gage, a soldier and surveyor in New England in the mid-1600’s suggested that the wives of Native Americans were “much more able and

much more agreeable companions for men than our wives, their own mothers having spoiled them.” [Thomas Gage, his wife and a daughter.

Thomas Gage of Dudley, MA – Ordinances of Iacon (June 14, 1636). p. 123-4]

Homesickness, loneliness, pressure to adopt the Puritan customs and style of living, sadness and growing fear over the religious conflicts

that were rocking England, the lot of a female to serve on the home front, and the pressures to produce more children may have played a part in

the decline of the Indian families. After all, the Indians’ life styles were not only different from the English, but often quite primitive,

and they were not experienced in giving birth and raising children.

The English settlers, though hardworking and persistent, failed to understand what was wrong with the Indians’ families. Besides, the

Indians, themselves, regarded Englishmen as unpredictable “semi-wild men, with a strong desire for independence, and their own laws and


Resisting many English settlers, a few of them went back to the remnants of their tribes in the west to live as they had before the English


Indian families that remained in the east were far better equipped for survival and they could continue to have children.

By 1750, the population of the East Coast was about four times larger than it had been before the English arrived and both English and

Native American families had largely intermarried. [The Material Basis of Sex (1980), p. 24]

As a consequence, the North American Indians had, by the 18th century, developed their own peculiar society, different from that of



  1. Orran

    and can you paraphrase it?

  2. Durisar

    I agree, this thought will come in handy

  3. Deorsa

    And so it happens too :)

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