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Week 19 :: The American Colonies By Alan Taylor Chapter 16: French America (Part 2)

Settlers and Native Americas

Response / Thought Quotes

  • “A man with his wife or his partner clears a little ground, builds himself a house on four piles, covers it with sheets of bark, and plants corn and rice for his provisions; the next year he raises a little more for food, and has also a field of tobacco; if at last he succeeds in having three or four Negroes, then he is out of his difficulties.”
  • “Louisiana officials routinely used torture to execute white soldiers and indentured servants.”
  • “It is known that this country … was formerly the most densely populated with Indians, but at present of these prodigious quantities of different nations one sees only pitiful remnants … which are diminishing every day because of the different diseases that the Europeans have brought into the country and which were formerly unknown to the Indians.”
  • “Why did the French come into our country? Before they came, did we not live better than we do [now], seeing we deprive ourselves of a part of our corn, our game, and fish, to give a part to them? … In fine, before the arrival of the French, we lived like men who can be satisfied with what they have; whereas at this day we are like slaves, who are not suffered to do as they please.”
  • “As long as the Chickasaws exist we shall always have to fear that they shall entice away the others from us in favor of the English. The entire destruction of this hostile nation therefore becomes every day more necessary to our interests, and I am going to exert all diligence to accomplish it.”
  • “The Trade with the Indians is a necessary commerce; and even if the colonists were able to manage without it, the State is virtually forced to maintain it, if it wishes to maintain Peace. … There is no middle course; one must have the natives either as friend or foe; and whoever wants him as friend, must furnish him with his necessities at conditions which allow him to procure them.”

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