Another lie I hear repeated is that the Native Americans were gentle or weren't savages. Um, yeah, not so much. There certainly were less savage tribes, but there were many violent tribes that did horrible things. Sometimes retaliation was unfairly put on all tribes (or the wrong tribes) for the crimes of some: but a lot of the violence against tribes was warranted by past behavior, even if not directed at the correct tribe.
|Gentle savages||A lie I hear repeated too often by the ignoranti, is that Native Americans were unfairly attacked by the brutal Europeans, and without us, they would have lived in peace on the land.||The truth is that many (most?) Native America tribes could be horribly violent and cruel, and were called savages not just because of pre-bronze age lifestyle, but because of their pre-bronze age behaviors and societies.|
- (a) the only evidence, ever, was it suggested during French and Indian wars in 1763, by Jeffery Amhers -- but he was a Brit, not an American, it was 24 years before the Constitution, and there's no evidence it was actually used -- let alone that it had any effect.