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It was the vision that the Indians had no right to defend their own lands. Indians who were not "friendly" (that is, ready to be subjugated) but "hostile" deserved to be annihilated, down to the last woman and child. Military honor (something Europeans through the centuries increasingly revered) did not 'Cross the ocean and apply to Indians. Breaking a truce, killing an envoy-all was permitted. An Indian general who lost could be hanged like a criminal. Widows and children of defeated Indian generals were sold into Spanish slavery.

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. " Virginia had been named by Sir Walter Raleigh in honor of Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen; but what Purchas's gobbledy-gook meant was that it was now a virginal, uninhabited 60 THE CONQUEST OF AMERICA land. " How had this happened? By their "disloyal treasons," that is to say, by their waging war on the English when they did not want to (and could not) retreat any further.

The debate over whether it was better to kill the Indians or to enslave them was solved by Sir William Berkeley, who was gov­ ernor from 1 645 to 1652. Berkeley's recipe was to kill the men ' and sell the women and children into slavery; that way, extermi- " nation paid for itself. " Even though they ' were "heathen," they could still be seen by Englishmen staying among them not as savages but as "nature's noblemen," living in the golden age of old. Then comes the turn-about. The Indian hosts realize that these aren't ordinary guests who are respecting the rules of hospitality.

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