Monday, October 10, 2016

"I Wonder..."

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"Teachers of children in the United States of America wrote this date on blackboards again and again, and asked the children to memorize it with pride and joy: 1492. The teachers told the children that this was when their continent was discovered by human beings. Actually, millions of human beings were already living full and imaginative lives on the continent in 1492. That was simply the year in which sea pirates began to cheat and rob and kill them. The chief weapon of sea pirates, however, was their capacity to astonish. Nobody else could believe, until it was too late, how heartless and greedy they were.”
- Kurt Vonnegut

So, the government's best estimates are that there were 54 to 114 million "Native Americans" living on this continent in 1492. A little known fact is that diseases brought by the "colonists" like measles, smallpox and diphtheria very rapidly spread across the continent, wiping out 90% of the indigenous population. Considering the considerable damage done resisting the invaders by the pathetically small 10% tribal survivors, I wonder just how things might have gone had the whites been confronted with tribes at full 100% warrior manpower, when they faced 10,000- or more, many more- not 100? To steal a phrase, "shock and awe" for them, very briefly. This would be a very different country today...
- CP

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