Denominations Repent for Native American Land Grabs

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While the history of the treatment of Native Americans is generally one of shameful behavior, there were exceptions. The whole of the states of New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey were purchased in stages from the local tribes. The town where I live was purchased in 1645 at a rate of one axe for five acres with the natives retaining the right to harvest bulrushes from the swampy areas. This was under the Dutch, but a similar policy was conducted under William Penn in Pennsylvania. A few years after this, the town issued the first declaration of religious freedom in the New World stating, "The law of love, peace and liberty extending to Jews, Turks, and Egyptians as they are considered the sonnes of Adam." (1657)

David 33 days ago


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