Monday, April 30, 2018

Freeholders who Took Indian Canoes were Subject to a Whipping #virginiapioneers #vagenealogy

Freeholders who Took Indian Canoes were Subject to a Whipping

colonial whippingSome colonists did not hesitate to take the canoes from the Indians, which they may or may not have returned. On one occasion the King of the Rappahanna demanded the return of a canoe, which was restored. For this reason, laws were enacted by the General Assembly in August of 1619 protecting the property o the Indians. "He that shall take away by violence or stealth any canoe or other things from the Indians, shall make valuable restitution to the said Indians, and shall forfeit, if he be a freeholder, five pounds; if a servant, forty shillings or endure a whipping."

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