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The English repeatedly told the Indians that they would not steal their land as the Spaniards had done. But in the end, war became unavoidable because the English would only accept the Indians on their-the English-terms. •·about fii"'i'f�ipNfIM1l¥J they would have to trade on English terms; and above all they would have to sell an ever increasing share of their nation. �;[-:�t'my­ ·. them. The early Virginia years, from 1 608 on, were full of a sup­ pressed, hidden, violence. " They bullied the Indians, but they avoided military con­ frontation.

1Ys that the settlers were facing a vacuum domicilium, legalese for a wasteland, because the Indians had not "subdued" nature. \_'�If�m'il;''' ') a "better growth," as Cotton Mather later put it, for whom the t"��� f"'. ") � . UP NORTH: VIRGINIA AND PLYMOUTH 59 An engraving by Theodore de Bry of Indians navigating a stream in what is now Virginia. The engraving emphasizes the abundance of fish, crabs, and turtles. De Bry never visited America; he based his pictures on descriptions, and in this case on watercolors made by an English colonist, John White.

They were lost. (One conquistador who got safely back to Spain with his gold was Hernando de Soto. Some years later he decided to have another go at looting America, and he returned and landed in what is now Florida. There he unloaded 600 soldiers, 200 horses, 100 man-eating dogs, and a supply of neck chains for the slaves who were to carry his gold, along with an anvil to make more chains. ) European technology, European diseases, and the vulnerabil­ ity of their political institutions had defeated the Inca state.

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