I am about half way through reading The Earth Shall Weep, A History of Native America by James Wilson and I must say that I really wasn't prepared for all that I am reading. I knew many Indian Nations were treated badly, enslaved, raided, and purpsely poisioned, but I was not ready to basically read that one after another so far of people who came to North America, came so out of greed (except the Mayflower) and treated the Natives so horribly.
I'm only about half way through so I"m not sure about the French but so far it seems as if the Spanish and Britsh just cared about gold. I'm horrified at the statment about how the British were prepared because of all their years of practice on the Irish Catholics and how herding animals was some sort of paganism. My great grandfather came here from Ireland to escape persecution and my image of Amerca, land of the free and brave will be forever tainted now. I believe he came before Ireland won their freedom from England.
I don't understand how Countries that are Christian could do so many horrible things like kill, enslave, and raid which is morally wrong and totally against the Christian faith. Greed is as well. The early Christians shared everything they had with one another and these early explors certainly did not.
I guess I'm having a hard time digesting all of this and I need some feedpack if possible.