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Place of StoneDighton Rock and the Erasure of America's Indigenous Past$
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Douglas Hunter

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469634401

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469634401.001.0001

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First Impressions and First Arrivals

First Impressions and First Arrivals

Colonists Encounter Dighton Rock

(p.19) Chapter One First Impressions and First Arrivals
Place of Stone

Douglas Hunter

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter relates the first decades of colonial interpretation of Dighton Rock after its markings were first described in 1680, mainly by John Danforth and Cotton Mather. It places the interpretation of the rock in the context of dispossession of Indigenous lands following the rebellion known as King Philip’s War. Erasure of Indigenous peoples from the history of colonial New England is discussed. It introduces contemporary theories rooted in Biblical hermeneutics of human migration and the relationship of Indigenous people to the rest of humanity, including ideas that they were descendants of Tartars, Canaanites, or the Lost Tribes of Israel. The author’s concept of White Tribism is explained.

Keywords:   King Philip’s War, human migration, White Tribism, Lost Tribes, Cotton Mather

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