Did the Pilgrims go to war with the Indians?
Actually, the pilgrims were perhaps the first people in the world to use biological warfare. You should know about the infmaous blankets the pilgrims gave the Indians. Well, this spread a plague much worse than the black death. On average, one in twenty Indians survived. Within three years the plague wiped out 90 percent of the inhabitants of coastal New England. The Wamponoags "welcomed" the pilgrims out of fear that still strong tribes would attack and conquer them. A;though, technically, the pilgrims had been receiving-or, rather, taking-native assistance since the second full day they landed, when they begand robbing native homes and graves. If you read the pilgrim journals, you should become rather disturbed with the entries, such as one entry: "We found a place like a grave. We decided to dig it up. We found first a mat, and under that a fine bow. We also found bowls, trays, dishes, and things like that. We took several of the prettiest things to carry away with us and covered the body up again."
But the pilgrims weren't evil little demons. Truth is, they were just as baffled by the plague as the Indians, and assumed it to be an act of the lord, as is evidence in John Winthrop's journals, "But for the natives of this place, God hath so pursued them...the greatest part of them are swept away by the smallpox which still continues among them. So as God hath thereby cleared our title to the land, those who remain, being in all not 50, have put themselves under our protection."
The pilgrims didn't even introduce the idea of Thanksgiving. The Native Americans had been observing Autumnal Harvest feasts for centuries.