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Thomas Morton vs William Bradford and the View of the Native Americans To begin, William Bradford was the leader of Plymouth, which was one of the earliest colonial settlements in the United States. Thomas Morton was there around the same time; however he was just a settler. Bradford became very popular throughout the colony and demonstrated his talents when writing “Of Plymouth Plantation”. Morton was known for his pieces, “New English Canaan” and “Manners and Customs of the Indians”. Both authors did their best to describe the events which took place in the colonies and show their views of the Indians. However, William Bradford and Thomas Morton had a different view of the Native Americans from both of their first sightings. The contrast between Bradford and Morton can go on for days, but I am going to focus particularly with respect to the Indians.

Among the early British settlers in New England there was a wide depiction of the Native Americans who already occupied America. The Native Americans were new to these foreign settlers who arrived on their land and the same went for the settlers who were new to the Native Americans. Bradford, having come from a long and hard voyage to America, was in no state of mind to view the natives as a friendly or civilized people. On the other hand, Morton was not questioning how the natives would be to him and his people but was interested in how these people lived and what they were all about. It looked as if Bradford and his company felt a bit threatened by these people while Morton was intrigued.

Upon arrival in America, William Bradford thought of the Natives as an unknown people that he was not sure what they were capable of. He says, “Besides, what could they see but a hideous and desolate wilderness, full of wild beasts and wild men-and what multitudes there might be of them they knew not” (116). These natives at first proved to be a minor problem to the settlers; they would lurk around...
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