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The annotated papers of W. Sears Nickerson describing the 1st encounters among eu explorers of the hot international and the indigenous peoples he might ultimately come to grasp because the Monomoyicks, the Nawsets, and the Sauquatuckets.

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17 Page 4 Las Casas described an incident in 1502 in the time of Nicolés de Ovando. The Spaniards then enjoyed friendly relations with Indians on Saona Island, near Santo Domingo, and frequently visited them to get Cassava bread. On one visit, tranquillity was shattered when a dog, for a laugh, was told to attack the chief, whereupon the dog, tearing the chief's intestines out, killed him. Revenge followed, as was often the case, on those who had nothing to do with the incident. 18 In New England, it should have been no surprise when natives met their unfamiliar visitors with hostilities.

A series of retaliatory horrors follow. Nowhere is the retaliation cycle more vividly illustrated than in Nickerson's account of "Mary Corliss Neff" where grisly details of the massacre by the Native Americans under French leadership is followed by paralleled horrors perpetrated primarily on native children by two white mothers and a young lad. Isolation versus Technology Since American Indians developed their ways of life in very nearly complete isolation, the growth of their civilizations was hampered and their defenses against the major Old World diseases, especially smallpox, were weakened.

Earlier in the letter Mekin wrote, "You may have Indian blood in you. " He gave Nickerson the secretary's address to write, adding, You might mention my name as I am Chairman of the Com. on applications for Membership and will be pleased to recommend you for Membership. You will then be in line for further action later on in our Cape Tribes, for unless we should adopt you into one of the Tribes, you can't join. Old Customs die hard and that was our way. This dichotomy grew out of the outward facts of Nickerson's life, that is his personal route with Fate, and out of his devotion to his origins on Pleasant Bay (The Bay), his probing of its mysteries, romanticizing their possibilities, and his subsequent reliving of them through his self-spun dramas based on careful research of a people exterminated by his ancestors when they settled the new land.

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