First, we need to stop believing the revisionists spin that Native Americans were superior human beings. Some Indian tribes owned slaves and there was also slave trading between tribes.
Most Indian tribes were not pacifist. Indian tribes went to war with each other and sometimes one tribe was exterminated by the other. Men in nearly all tribes had three duties: hunt for food, make babies, and go to war with a competing tribe. Young boys in most Indian tribes were trained to be warriors once they matured into manhood. In most tribes, women had virtually no rights and toiled long hours every day. Contrary to revisionist history, the Indians invented a very nasty thing called scalping. Some Indians engaged in human sacrifice where they cut your heart out. Some tribes engaged in cannibalism. Though most tribes where nomadic or semi-nomadic, those that grew crops had to move about every 20 years because they wore out the soil with poor farming methods. The Indians were NOT one with nature. All these practices existed long before the white man arrived.
After black slaves began to be imported from Africa, some Indian tribes started their own slave trade with runaway blacks. Indians bought and sold black slaves who did the menial work for the tribes.(1) As in Africa, where blacks sold blacks into slavery, Indians captured other Indians and sold them into slavery. Many of these enslaved Indians were sent to the English plantations in the Caribbean. The Westo Indians were one of the first tribes that specialized in slave raids and were followed by many others, including the Yamasee, Chickasaw, and Creek. Historian Alan Gallay estimates the number of Native Americans in southeast America sold in the British slave trade from 1670-1715 to be at least 24,000 and as many as 51,000. He also notes that during this period more slaves were exported from Charles Town (later Charleston), South Carolina than imported.
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