The more I read about colonial history the more I am convinced that our fashionable cartoon versions are out of date. For years the narrative has fluctuated between the super patriot myth
and the Marxist born in sin cartoon.
I want to point out that there were real crimes committed against Indians in the founding of the country. However, the Indians were not proto hippie commies who lived in ways similar to Mazzola commercials. Like us they had their own issues and were capable of crimes against weaker tribes.This is not intended as justification of the crimes, but to view events in a more realistic light.
Native Americans societies acted in their own interests. The Algonquin had their French Allies led by Champlain attack their enemies. The Iroquois attacked smaller tribes and wiped out a few. The Oneida took in the Tuscarora refugees. The Mohawks and Joseph Brandt were ties to the Crown by both family and financial ties. Both sides committed atrocities against each other.
The true history is of people with motives and tribes acting in their own interests. The colonials and the Native Americans were more like us than we presume.