By Colin G. Calloway
Colin G. Calloway collects, for the 1st time, files describing the total diversity of encounters of Indians and Europeans in northern New England through the Colonial period. His complete and hugely readable creation to the topic of Indian and ecu interplay in northern New England covers early encounters, missionary efforts, international relations, battle, trade, and cultural interchange and contours a variety of basic assets, together with narratives, letters, account books, treaties, and council proceedings.Together with interval illustrations, the files testify to the richness and diversity of the inter-ethnic family members in northern New England. additionally they express that whereas clash definitely happened, the encounters have been additionally marked via cooperation and lodging.
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When I signed unto them they should goe sleepe, because it was night, they understood presently, and pointed that at the shore, right against our ship, they would stay all night, as they did. The next morning very early, came one canoa aboard us againe with three salvages, whom we easily then enticed into our ship, and under the decke, where we gave them porke, fish, bread and pease, all which they did eat; and this I noted, they would eat nothing raw, either fish or flesh. They marvelled much and much looked upon the making of our canne and kettle, so they did at a head-peece [helmet] and at our guns, of which they are most fearefull, and would fall flat downe at the report of them.
The salvadges perceiving so much, subtilely devised how they might put out the fier in the shallop, by which meanes they sawe they should be free from the danger of our men's pieces. To performe the same, one of the salvadges came into the shallop and taking the fier brand which one of our company held in his hand thereby to light the matches, as if he would light a pipe of tobacco, as sone as he had gotten yt into his hand he presently threw it into the water and leapt out of the shallop. Captain Gilbert seeing that, suddenly commanded his men to betake them to their musketts and the targettiers too, from the head of the boat, and bad one of the men before, with his targett on his arme, to stepp on the shore for more fier.
I ordered the crew of our pinnace to draw near the Indians, and to hold their weapons in readiness to do their duty in case they perceived any movement of these people against us. Bessabez, seeing us on shore, bade us sit down, and began with his companions to smoke, as they usually do before beginning their speeches. They made us a present of venison and waterfowl. I directed our interpreter to tell our Indians that they were to make Bessabez, Cabahis, and their companions understand that the Sieur de Monts had sent me to them to see them, and also their country; that he wished to remain friends with them, and reconcile them with their enemies, the Souriquois and Canadians.
Dawnland Encounters: Indians and Europeans in Northern New England by Colin G. Calloway