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6. Yeah, a plague did a number on the local tribe.
Thu Nov 22, 2018, 04:27 PM
Nov 2018

There were English traders out and about, as well as Spanish traders and Basque fishermen. Some had visited the area, according to documentation, a couple of years before. Some of the documentation about raiding grain stores involved abandoned villages. But the locals were in rough shape and still had armed adversaries to contend with. "All politics is local" is something we used to say, and that's from Massachusetts down to the collaboration the Spanish got at times in Mesoamerica.

It wasn't like Europeans were complete strangers to the indigenous population in New England. Trade routes went from areas north of Massachusetts to south of Mass. and included goods traded up in maritime Canada. It's even possible that the whole "plant a seed of corn with a fish" wasn't original with them. It was a widespread practice in northern Spain and the Basque country, not many other places, and one of the Native Americans in the area had been taken captive and been to, of all places, northern Spain. It wasn't otherwise attested in what little was recorded of Native American agricultural practices.

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