This afternoon I skimmed through a 2010 diploma thesis written by Richard Tetek of Masaryk University Brno.
Relations between English settlers and Indians in 17th century New England
If, like me, you’ve never read a book on this subject, you’ll benefit from reading Tetek’s thesis. It provides a useful overview of key issues and certain events. I assume Americans will already be familiar with quite a lot of what Tetek describes. It’s all new to me. I studied no American history at school at all. The only course on American history that I’ve ever taken was about landscape painting.
English behaviour towards the Indians makes for sad reading, but it’s also interesting to learn about specific events such as the attack on Mystic village in May 1637. For me as a specialist in 17th-century domestic English history, there is a peculiar depth attached to learning about the 17th-century English abroad. Do you know what I mean? I’m looking at the English from behind, and can see where they came from. Their Englishness trails from them like streamers stretched across the Atlantic.
It is uncomfortable reading too, of course.