If you were a colonist, you knew that your technology was superior to the Indians’. You knew that you were civilized, and they were savages… But your superior technology had proved insufficient to extract anything. The Indians, keeping to themselves, laughed at your superior methods and lived from the land more abundantly and with less labor than you did… And when your own people started deserting in order to live with them, it was too much… So you killed the Indians, tortured them, burned their villages, burned their cornfields. It proved your superiority, in spite of your failures. And you gave similar treatment to any of your own people who succumbed to their savage ways of life. But you still did not grow much corn…

Edmund Morgan imagines their mood as he writes in his book American Slavery, American Freedom:

A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn -
Chapter 2: Drawing the Color Line

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