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Robert N. Linscott
“Daily Life in Colonial Massachusetts”
In the article “Daily Life in Colonial Massachusetts” written by Robert N. Linscott, Sylvester Judd tells how in the colonial years of Massachusetts life had it’s challenges for the whites and natives. Judd explains that in the colonial years life was taxing for the Natives as well as for the Europeans. During the first forty years, the viewpoint of the whites toward the Indians was friendly but wary explains, Judd, saying “that the squaws and braves, in scanty attire were common sights in the village streets, and the greeting Netop (“my friend”) was often heard.” The Indians and whites signed a voucher, which benefited both the whites and the Indians; a wealthy Englishmen named John Pynchon established the deed. It was his father moneymaking objective that led to the creation of the currency called “wampum” the currency funded the financial system for a while until 1661. The whites temperament attitude toward the Indians was abandoned in 1675, King Philip’s War when Indian treacheries and torturing led to reprisals. A troop of the war explains, how the Indians were treated, “This aforesaid Indian was ordered to be tourne to peeces by dogs, and she was so dealt with.” Ten pounds was paid for native’s scalps taken by soldier or hundred pounds if scalped by a volunteer. The laws that was passed in the colonial times were pretty trivial for example, “The General Court passed a law in 1651 forbidding persons whose estate did not exceed two hundred pounds...couldn’t wear any flaunting jewelry or apparel” that law was soon overturned. Citizens were accused of witchery were tried and then convicted if found guilty, which is implausible in modern day. As time progressed the citizens had realized how important it was for the generations ahead to be prepared for the productive life the colony demands of them. By colony ...