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Subject: Excerpt Of History
Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2004 09:16:30 EDT

Its true that the people of New Netherland had been able to maintain a
neutral stand towards the Iroquois, and Champlain has been blamed for not
following this example. It must be borne in mind, however, that the Dutch were
powerful and numerous, and it was to their interest to live in harmony with their
immediate neighbours, the Iroquois. The Dutch had also different intentions
towards the Indians. They came to America simply to trade, and to establish
themselves and live quietly along the shores of the Hudson River, while
Champlain's idea was to civilize the Indians and bring them under the influence of
the Catholic missionaries."

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