Fields of Blood by Karen Armstrong


(…) during the first two terrible winters, when the colonists were starving to death, some of their conscripted laborers had fled to the local Powhattans, and when the English governor asked their chief to return the fugitives, he disdainfully refused. Whereupon the English militia descended on the settlement, killed fifteen Native Americans, burned their houses, cut down their corn, and abducted the queen, killing her children. So much for peaceful ‘dailie conversation.’
The Indians were bewildered: ‘Why will you destroy us who supply you with food?’ asked Chief Powhattan: ‘Why are you jealous of us? We are unarmed and willing to give you what you ask, if you come in a friendly manner.’

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