Mary Rowlandson's 'Narrative Of Captivity'

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The affiliation between the new English settlers and the Native-Americans had been a renowned peaceful one. Trading food and skills of trade to one another they learned to live in harmony for nearly forty years. But in correlation to the decline of the Native American customs, traditions, land, and inhabitants, their tension and hatred towards the colonist began to rise. King Philip directed the spiteful revolt of Wampanoag, joining forces with Pocumtuck, Narragansett, and Nipmuck tribes. Lasting fourteen months, and destroying twelve surrounding towns, King Philip’s War was cut short after he was caught, seized, and soon beheaded. Although many of Metacom’s allies were able to getaway to Canada, others were peddled into slavery. But whom can…show more content…
As both sets of people were in the wrong at one point the constant bickering and cruelty doesn’t justify their means of protection with their beliefs. As Metacom states in his article, the Englishmen were in the wrong but, was it his words that are being carried? I believe that the complaints made were of valid and were that of King Phillip, as a warning and truly meaningful accusations to the Native American way of life. All the same when Mary Rowlandson wrote in her Narrative of Captivity, she was also wronged but in a sense both actions of sets of people can be justified by their perception of what was wrong. The accusations that the Native Americans betrayed the Englishmen are completely false, stripping down the population, territory, and cultural integrity of the Wampanoag Confederacy was a threat to their way of life, a threat they acted upon in such a manner that they thought would be able to protect them. The fight for resources was a repercussion of the expanded state of England. The Native Americans had not yet seen threats so forceful before the Englishmen arrived and to protect what was rightfully theirs should not have called for a war. With the amount of resources actually in New England, a treaty split into territories, days, and resources should have been a resolution. But the only thing not solving such matters had done was leave way a path for the Native Americans to be pushed even further and given hostile treatment for decades and centuries to come by
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