Delawares & Quakers for JC

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Posted by ann on July 30, 1998 at 12:38:38:

JC, here's a passage from the book "Disinherited" by Dale VanEvery: "Only among the pacifist Quakers of PA was there a genuine regard for the Indian rights as such. But even in PA's outwardly benevolent land purchase policy there were anomalous expediences. The later & larger acquisitions were purchased not from the unwilling Delaware occupants but from their Iroquois overlords who had no direct interest in the land that was being delivered into white possession.

...the Iroquois at the 1768 Treaty of Fort Stanwix, once more sold Indian title to regions they did not themselves occupy, negotiated with English imperial and provincial authorities a monumental land cession which permitted the sudden surge of settlement into southwestern Pennsylvania and central Kentucky.(Kan tuc kee:o)

Another interesting fact: "Every Indian nation of consequence became a military ally of England during the Revolution. The Indians had elected to defend their remaining land by force of arms in company with Englishmen who, unlike Americans, appeared no longer bent upon possessing it."

My comment: can't say I blame them for joining with the British in hope of reclaiming their land if the revolution had ended differently, but, do you believe the British would really have lived up to their promises?.......ann

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