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Interesting, because at least as portrayed in Shorto's book on New Netherlands, there seems to have been a lot of contact between the Dutch settlers and the indigenous populations of the area. The communities in New England   seem like they were more cut off, an island unto themselves.  Shorto does, however, describe the actions of the West Indies Company leader of the Dutch colony, who basically started a war against indigenous groups who inhabited the area, in the face of protests from many in his community, and as others were making peace.  
by Panhu from Wuling on Fri May 11th, 2007 at 08:39:32 PM EST
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