Summary Of Puritan's Attitude Towards Indians

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I believe these two viewpoints in this chapter are equally convincing and valid, they demonstrate how puritan’s attitude toward the Indians changed over time. From John Eliot’s account of his interaction with the Native American tribes, we can tell that he viewed the Indians as subjects for conversion to Christianity and treated them fairly. “It may be they are better soil for the gospel than we can think”, said John. It’s necessary to take into account the motivation of puritan colonists here. They believed that they are “God’s chosen people”, called by God to build a “city on the hill” in the newfound land. Therefore convinced by the fact that they were on a divine mission to America, the puritans concluded that they needed to convert the uncivilized Native American people to Christianity in order to fulfill their mission. The relative equity of the puritans I believe had stemmed largely from optimistic expectations of the Indians religious and social conversion.…show more content…
The King Philip War significantly shifted the puritans’ attitude toward the Indians. The war not only inflicted pain and death upon the puritans, but also threatened the colony’s stability. The puritans thus became hostile toward the Indians and came to view them as enemies that needed to be eliminated in order to protect themselves as well as this “city on the hill”. In addition, John mentioned in his account that only a very small number of Indians were being converted to Christianity. The failure to convert the Native Americans to Christianity perhaps is another reason that changed the puritans’ attitude toward the Indians. The puritans saw Indians less as people that needed to be converted but irredeemable heathens that needed to be exterminated in order to fulfillment God’s divine plan, like Canaanites or Amalekites in the Bible. “Now He hath many ways to destroy them”, said Mary at the end of her
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