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2) The Iroquois


The Iroquois


Red Jacket by John Mix Stanley

The Iroquois who were, arguably, the greatest military strategists on the continent at the time, actually sent Ambassadors to the Colonialists suggesting they form a union a full twenty years before hostilities broke out, based on their own six-nation, twelve province union, using the symbol of a single arrow being easily broken but a bundle thereof unbreakable (Heironimus). We ignored them and waited, literally, right up to the last moment when, instead, had we heeded their advice, the war would certainly have been over almost before it began. This lack of a Central Controlling Authority was one of the most detrimental factors facing the country during the war (Fereling) without which we could not impose a draft to raise an army nor could we levy a tax to finance the revolution.

This failure to, logically, form a union by the Founding Fathers is the first indication we have that the history books are, to say the least, a little less than honest in their accounts of the conflict and serves to show you whose side most of the Founding Fathers were really on, for the Crown would have gotten wind of this advice and told the leaders of the Colonies to ignore it if they wanted to keep their possessions.

The Iroquois, apparently, concluded from this that the White Man was a Retard (after thirteen years on the streets of America as a homeless veteran  I'm not so sure I disagree with that assessment) so they turned right around and sold Manhattan to the Dutch for a song and a dance ($24) and front row seats to the revolution. This probably doesn't mean anything to you until it is pointed out that the Iroquois had no claim to Manhattan for it belonged to their enemies the Algonquins. Thus, like a true capitalist, they had a bridge over the Hudson for sale and the Dutch bought it hook, line and sinker.

That probably didn't do a whole lot to change their view of the White Man.


The Fall of New Amsterdam by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris


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