A Student of History

May 14, 2007

Is it Jamestown?

Filed under: Early America — John Maass @ 8:55 am

From the Washington Post:

The colonists landed, short of food and supplies, after a long and harrowing transatlantic voyage. The initial exploring party stole a large quantity of corn that the Indians had carefully stored away for the hard winter. They then dug up some graves, looted items that had been buried with the dead and ransacked Indian houses. Furious fighting with the natives soon ensued. Once they had selected a site for their settlement, the migrants endured a winter of death in which they lost more than half their number.

Ah, of course, you’re thinking — Jamestown. All that looting and fighting and stealing and death. It’s the creation story from hell. But think again.

Read the rest of Karen Kupperman’s column here.

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