Patriot's History: Virginia Indians (Chapter 1)

Music: The Old Song, Native American Drums

The colonists would come to share the land,
but bitter winters made them understand
that owning land would offer liberty.
And so the Europeans sailed the sea,
and while resisting native treachery,
they'd shape the rules that bring prosperity.

And in Virginia, sixteen-hundreds, in the land
the colonists would share with natives, the demand
for socialist routines gave way, amidst disease
and bitter winters, while attempting to appease
the warring Indians, to calls for "liberty
through land." And so indentured servants sailed the sea
with hopes of freedom after seven trial years
(free enterprise rewards the one who perseveres).
And even Africans had rights and were released
like Europeans, though their servant roles increased
in southern colonies. And with tobacco farms
the colonists could learn to put aside their arms
to share in global trade. Of course the Indians
resented the encroachment, but the greater sins
were acts of native treachery. Yet Captain Smith
urged whites and Indians to share, and thus a myth -
disdain for chiefs like Powhatan - was minimized:
his daughter Pocahontas was evangelized!

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