what was the relationship with the colonists of Massachusetts and the indians?

Question by ♥J3nnYY♥: what was the relationship with the colonists of Massachusetts and the indians?
i tried searching it up on google but couldn’t find anything,

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Answer by EtherealJanne
You should read Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick. It’s a detailed account of the encounters between the Indians, Pilgrims, and subsequent colonists. At first, the two groups were on good terms because the Pilgrims needed the Indians to survive and the Indians needed the Pilgrims as allies against rival tribes. However, as the colonists became more acclimated to the New World, they started to take advantage of economic opportunities at the expense of the Indians. The change in relationship happened largely due to the colonists’ decreased dependence on the Indians for survival and subsistence.

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  1. Much like modern Evangelical Christians, The Puritans felt that non Christians ought to be slaughtered and cast into the deepest bowels of Hell. They stole land from the Natives, killed them when possible, but mostly they hoped that the natives would just go away and leave them to exploit the land they had stolen. Yes they did take land ‘legally’ by forcing the natives to sign treaties giving the Puritans the land, and they gave the Natives some trade gooids, but mostly the Puritans copped a collective squat over the natives and dumped on them. Even when a few natives adopted Christianity they were treated like cr^p because their ancestors had been heathens and much like Evangelicals of 2009 one’s past can never be forgiven.
    This article reads well so I will include link and snippet.
    http://indy.pabn.org/archives/213thank.shtml
    “”History is never simple. The standard history of Thanksgiving tells us that the “Pilgrims and Indians” feasted for three days, right? Most Americans believe that there was some magnificent bountiful harvest. In the Thanksgiving story, are the “Indians” even acknowledged by a tribe? No, because everyone assumes “Indians” are the same. So, who were these Indians in 1621?
    In 1620, Pilgrims arrived on the Mayflower naming the land Plymouth Rock. One fact that is always hidden is that the village was already named Patuxet and the Wampanoag Indians lived there for thousands of years. To many Americans, Plymouth Rock is a symbol. Sad but true many people assume, “It is the rock on which our nation began.” In 1621, Pilgrims did have a feast but it was not repeated years thereafter. So, it wasn’t the beginning of a Thanksgiving tradition nor did Pilgrims call it a Thanksgiving feast. Pilgrims perceived Indians in relation to the Devil and the only reason why they were invited to that feast was for the purpose of negotiating a treaty that would secure the lands for the Pilgrims. The reason why we have so many myths about Thanksgiving is that it is an invented tradition. It is based more on fiction than fact.
    So, what truth ought to be taught? In 1637, the official Thanksgiving holiday we know today came into existence. (Some people argue it formally came into existence during the Civil War, in 1863, when President Lincoln proclaimed it, which also was the same year he had 38 Sioux hung on Christmas Eve.) William Newell, a Penobscot Indian and former chair of the anthropology department of the University of Connecticut, claims that the first Thanksgiving was not “a festive gathering of Indians and Pilgrims, but rather a celebration of the massacre of 700 Pequot men, women and children.” In 1637, the Pequot tribe of Connecticut gathered for the annual Green Corn Dance ceremony. Mercenaries of the English and Dutch attacked and surrounded the village; burning down everything and shooting whomever try to escape. The next day, Newell notes, the Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony declared: “A day of Thanksgiving, thanking God that they had eliminated over 700 men, women and children.” It was signed into law that, “This day forth shall be a day of celebration and thanksgiving for subduing the Pequots.” Most Americans believe Thanksgiving was this wonderful dinner and harvest celebration. The truth is the “Thanksgiving dinner” was invented both to instill a false pride in Americans and to cover up the massacre.
    Was Thanksgiving really a massacre of 700 “Indians”? The present Thanksgiving may be a mixture of the 1621 three-day feast and the “Thanksgiving” proclaimed after the 1637 Pequot massacre. So next time you see the annual “Pilgrim and Indian display” in a shopping window or history about other massacres of Native Americans, think of the hurt and disrespect Native Americans feel. Thanksgiving is observed as a day of sorrow rather than a celebration. This year at Thanksgiving dinner, ponder why you are giving thanks.
    William Bradford, in his famous History of the Plymouth Plantation, celebrated the Pequot massacre:
    “Those that scraped the fire were slaine with the sword; some hewed to peeces, others rune throw with their rapiers, so as they were quickly dispatchte, and very few escapted. It was conceived they thus destroyed about 400 at this time. It was a fearful sight to see them thus frying in the fyer, and the streams of blood quenching the same, and horrible was the stincke and sente there of, but the victory seemed a sweete sacrifice, and they gave the prayers thereof to God, who had wrought so wonderfully for them, thus to inclose their enemise in their hands, and give them so speedy a victory over so proud and insulting an enimie.”
    The Pequot massacre came after the colonists, angry at the murder of an English trader suspected by the Pequots of kidnapping children, sought revenge. rather than fighting the dangerous Pequot warriors, John Mason and John Underhill led a group of colonists and Native allies to the Indian fort in Mystic, and killed the old men, women, and

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