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    country.  It was the Native American that saved their lives with what the first settlers encountered in terms of weather and survival, so yes, there was a respect for all cultures at one point as everything I have researched demonstrated that there was a good working relationship based upon trust and appreciation:  How long it lasted is one I do not care to debate.  It's obvious that it did not last over a very long time once the opportunistically motivated greedy whites realized the potential wealth that could be gained by taking advantage of those that were not of the same mindset in my opinion.  I am not going to quibble over semantics:  My point is clear.  

    "It's only the giving, that makes what you are." - Ian Anderson

    by LamontCranston on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 09:59:24 AM PST

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    •  I'm not "quibbling over semantics" (0+ / 0-)

      As a student of history myself, I think you're romanticizing a version of history that did not exist. I am not disputing that Native Americans attempted to have respect for white settlers in the early days of American colonization.

      I contend that there was never reciprocity of respect granted by those settlers back to American Indians.

      I tend to think that the "good working relationship based upon trust and appreciation" quip is a white-washed version of, "Exploit the skills, talents, and knowledge of these natives for as long as we can until they take issue with our stealing of their land, at which time we'll deal with them with force."

      Of course American settlers were "respectful" of American Indians so long as those Indians were docile in the face of New World European domination.

      "We forward in this generation, triumphantly."

      by Grizzard on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 10:08:52 AM PST

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