Conn. land dug up for items from tribe-settler war
By Stephanie Reitz
It's also giving researchers insight into the combatants and the land on which they fought, particularly the Mystic hilltop where at least 400 Pequot Indians died in a 1637 massacre by English settlers.
Historians say the attack was a turning point in English warfare with native tribes. It nearly wiped out the powerful Pequots and showed other tribes that the colonists wouldn't hesitate to use methods that some consider genocide.
The researchers in Mystic aren't taking sides.
"The Researchers Aren't Taking Sides," But the AP Might Be
The horrible question of "But did they deserve it?" implies that the Pequots' killing of nine people and kidnapping of two in order to defend themselves from further hostile advances by the English is the same as the English settlers taking Pequot land and then killing and enslaving several hundred Pequot people, many of whom may not have been in a position to defend themselves during the battle. The very question/comparison shows me that they've already "taken sides." In this limited and dualistic interpretation of events, it's heads the settlers win, tails the Pequot lose. On one hand the Pequot are just victims of the English, and on the other they're murderers and kidnappers who "brought the attack on themselves."
Would we think of taking this approach with, say, the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center?
Another example of this
For more on the subject, see Pequot Massacre in After the Mayflower and Those Evil Europeans.
Below: "Kill them all for getting in the way of our conquest!"