Author

L. W. Gibbon

Date of Award

1966

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

History

Comments

In the charters to the London Company the King of England seems tohave ignored any claim that the Indians might have had to the lands in the world. He granted the land as if it had had no inhabitants before the coming of the English. While this was the view taken by many of the leaders of the period, others thought that the natives should be paid for all land taken from them. The Virginia Colonists, wishing to "keep on the goods side" of the Indians, soon after they landed, bought the island of Jamestown for a few pieces of copper. This was the first land transfer in the new world after the arrival of the English. The amounts paid for th eland seem to have been small, but the Indians were "land poor" and they were well satisfie dwith what they received.

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