RCC Honors History Project

Sir William Herbert

Posted by elsiegonzalez on September 29, 2009

Camilla Townsend mentions in Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma of “company officials…general fear of settlers ‘going native’ .”   This here is a short excerpt from Sir William Herbert, a Virginia colony promoter, with a suggestion as to how to prevent the colonists from pursuing or imitating native ways:

“Colonies degenerate assuredly when the colonists imitate and embrace the habits, customs, and practices of the natives. There is no better way to remedy this evil than to do away with and destroy completely the habits and practices of the natives.”

URL:  http://www.smithsoniansource.org/display/primarysource/viewdetails.aspx?PrimarySourceId=1182

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