The story of the birth of America is often claimed by Christians to have been founded on the belief of ‘God‘ and the teachings of ‘Jesus‘, yet ignore the systematic slaughter, and the transfer of infection and disease by European settlers. If you research the correct terminology of what really happened to the indigenous people of Northern America, it can only really be described one way, and that way is described by the ‘Oxford dictionary‘ in this way ‘the deliberate and systematic extermination of an ethnic or national group‘, or simply put; ‘genocide‘. Genocide is a combination of the Greek word ‘γένος‘ which means ‘race‘ and the Latin suffix ‘caedo‘ which means ‘the act of killing, or murder‘
“Damn any man who sympathizes with Indians!…I have come to kill Indians, and believe it is right and honorable to use any means under God’s heavens to kill Indians.” – Colonel John Chivington, U.S Army
The ‘discovery‘ of the Americas, which I covered in the article ‘From Inception to Independence‘ by ‘Christopher Columbus‘ was met with much prejudice by his return in 1493, where he arrived with an army to the Caribbean and forced slavery, and committed genocide to the ‘Taíno‘ people. He was born an Italian, but his voyages were commissioned by Spanish hierarchy, most notably the ‘Aragons‘. By records compiled by Spanish authority, up to 5,000,000 ‘Taíno‘ people were deceased one way or another through the tyranny of Columbus and his ‘Spanish colonists‘, in the most horrific acts imaginable; mass hangings, burnings and mutilation, and this was just the beginning.
“Our nation was born in genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race. Even before there were large numbers of Negroes on our shore, the scar of racial hatred had already disfigured colonial society. From the sixteenth century forward, blood flowed in battles over racial supremacy. We are perhaps the only nation which tried as a matter of national policy to wipe out its indigenous population. Moreover, we elevated that tragic experience into a noble crusade. Indeed, even today we have not permitted ourselves to reject or feel remorse for this shameful episode. Our literature, our films, our drama, our folklore all exalt it. Our children are still taught to respect the violence which reduced a red-skinned people of an earlier culture into a few fragmented groups herded into impoverished reservations.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
When the Europeans colonised America, they systematically slaughtered the native Indians to acquire land, and often it was rigorously planned military exercises, where no mercy was shown. The colonists often considered themselves superior beings as the Indians were inferior heathens, who didn’t believe, or even know who God was. Paranoia and fear of what the colonists failed to understand about the Indians was also a driving force in their removal from their sacred lands, and many deemed them no more than savages, with racial hatred and the promotion of civilisation and Christianity being a major factor. In 400 years from the time of Columbus arriving to the end of the 19th century, millions of indigenous peoples were murdered, or diseases brought from Europe killed them as they had no immunity to defend themselves.
“We now shot them like dogs” – David Crockett
As well as wanting to acquire the lands, the colonists also wanted the abundance of natural resources that was spread throughout America. In 1830, the then President, ‘Andrew Jackson‘, proposed the ‘Indian Removal Bill of 1830‘, which passed as a law on ‘28th May‘, which was initially to start negotiations for the Natives to relocate, but it resulted in forced removal, which became known as the ‘Trail of tears’. Previously at the start of the century, ‘George Washington‘ attempted to assimilate the natives into western culture and Christianity, but obviously the Indians had their own culture and didn’t want to adopt a colonial lifestyle. Many died from disease and starvation during the forced removal, which resulted from the discovery of gold by the colonists, and it seemed that wealth was more important than the preservation of life.
“They have neither the intelligence, the industry, the moral habits, nor the desire of improvement which are essential to any favorable change in their condition. Established in the midst of another and a superior race, and without appreciating the causes of their inferiority or seeking to control them, they must necessarily yield to the force of circumstances and ere long disappear.” – Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson, the 7th American President, was a ‘Freemason‘, he was also a ‘Presbyterian‘, which is a faction of ‘Protestantism‘.He was an all out racist as you can see from the above quote, and he was an outspoken opposer to abolitionism of slavery, which gained him massive support from the Pro-slavery Southerners, who were heavily religious.
“In the period between the American Revolution (1775–83) and about 1830, the North, spurred by the abolitionists, passed from mild opposition to strong condemnation of slavery. In response, the white South rose to an unqualified defense of its “peculiar institution,” supporting it on the grounds of biblical sanction, economic justification, the supposed racial inferiority of blacks, and the necessity for a well-ordered society.” – Source
In California, gold was also discovered, and this led to another genocide of the indigenous tribes, which was known as the ‘Californian genocide‘, or the ‘Gold rush slaughter‘, which happened not long after the U.S took control over California during the ‘Mexican–American war‘. State authorities financed ranchers, gold diggers and militia to hunt down the tribes people, and men, women and children were butchered. Throughout the centuries the indigenous population dropped dramatically, and no one could know how many millions were executed in the name of God and greed.