The Land As A Rival Of The Old Testament 's Promise Land

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Colonist were attracted to New England as a result of reports that depicted the land as a rival of the Old Testament’s promise land. In a nearly ironic set of ecological blunders the colonist would drastically transform the land and the way of life of its native inhabitants. In essence their mercantilist mind set would change the ecology of New England through trade, deforestation, and practices associated with livestock. Upon arrival the colonist began to trade with the Indians. The colonist would supply the Indians with goods such as brass and copper pots in exchange for animal furs. As their relations with the natives continued colonist realized that the Native Americans valued trade goods primarily as a status symbol [1]. This observation may have lean the colonist to begin trading in wampum. Wampum is a strings of white and purple beads which Native Americans commonly traded amongst themselves. The wampum were a symbol of wealth and power [2]. The colonial fur traders began collecting vast quantities of this to trade for fur. Initially they would trade guns and commodities for the wampum [3]. Then trade the wampum for the desired furs. However, in 1637 a colonial group attacked the Peguots and took the wampum by force. The colonist considered this to be a safer alternative to trading guns with the natives [3]. Trade with the colonist caused the Native Americans to increase their hunting beyond that which was necessary for food gathering [4]. They began to hunt purely…

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