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Opinion

November 28, 2013

American Indians, as early Europeans saw them

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“They deny not that Englishman’s God made Englishmen, and the heavens and earth there; yet their Gods made them, and the heaven and earth where they dwell.” Roger Williams, 1634

“I passed alongst the Coast where I found some ancient Plantations, not long since populous now utterly void; in other places a remnant remaines, but not free of sicknesse. Their disease the Plague, … When I arrived at my Savages native Country finding all dead I travelled almost a daies journey Westward, to a place called Nummastaquyt.” Thomas Dermer, 1620, Coast of Massachusetts

Where they go “When they dye, they will tell you by pointing with their finger to Heaven beyond the White mountains.” John Josselyn, 1675

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Tom McCarty lives in Newburyport.

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