Globe & Mail sanitizes genocide
Here is how The Globe and Mail on 3 August 2004 noted
the anniversary of the death of Colonel Jeffery Amherst, a particularly
disgusting piece of British colonial soldiery:
August 3, 2004 - Page R5
army officer born near Sevenoaks, England, on Jan. 29, 1717.
by James Wolfe at Quebec, he was the officer who conquered Canada in the
Seven Years War. As commander in 1760, he designed a long campaign that
wore down enemy resistance everywhere and ended French rule. In 1776,
he was ennobled as 1st Baron Amherst and retired 20 years later as a field
1760, Amherst served in the Thirteen Colonies during the final battles
of the so-called French and Indian War (1754-1763). There, in present-day
Pennsylvania, he pioneered germ warfare against the First Nations by coming
up with the device of infecting blankets with smallpox and then trading
them to local tribes as a sign of English good will.
George III rewarded Lord Amherst by giving him 20,000 acres in New York.
names of the town of Amhest, Nova Scotia, Amherst, Massachusetts (Amherst
College was later named after the town) and Amherst, New York commemorate
and even idolize one of the founders of modern biological and bacteriological
is said the local inhabitants who formed the town of Amherst, Mass., preferred
another name, Norwottuck (http://www.dickshovel.com/pocu.html), after
the Indians whose land it had been; the colonial governor substituted
his choice for theirs. Frank Prentice Rand, in his book, The Village of
Amherst: A Landmark of Light [Amherst, MA: Amherst Historical Society,
1958], says that at the time of the naming, Amherst was "the most
glamorous military hero in the New World. ... ... the name was so obvious
in 1759 as to be almost inevitable." [p. 15]
his website "Jeffrey Amherst and Smallpox Blankets", Prof Peter
d'Errico of the University of Massachusetts reproduces, amongst other
evidence, two damning letters illustrating the genocidal intent of the
Colonel Henry Bouquet to General Amherst, dated 13 July 1763, suggests
in a postscript the distribution of blankets to "inocculate the Indians";
Amherst to Bouquet, dated 16 July 1763, approves this plan in a postscript
and suggests as well as "to try Every other method that can serve
to Extirpate this Execrable Race." (This postcript spans two pages.)
Shaw Mayo states in his biography of Amherst:
he sped on his way to the relief of Fort Pitt, the Colonel exchanged interesting
suggestions with the General as to the most efficient manner of getting
rid of the redskins. His first orders to Bouquet were that he wished 'to
hear of no prisoners should any of the villains be met with arms.' Besides
using smallpox the two gentlemen contemplated another method: 'As it is
a pity to expose good men against them, I wish we could make use of the
Spanish method, to hunt them with English dogs.' Amherst lamented that
the remoteness of merry England made the canine aid impracticable."
disease swept through the Micmac communities of Nova Scotia around 1747,
French accounts of the epidemic blamed the British, claiming that British
officers and traders intentionally spread disease by distributing infected
arrived in Nova Scotia in 1758 in anticipation of his attack on Cape Breton
Island. During his short stay in Nova Scotia, he certainly learned the
rhetoric of hating the Mi'kmaq, as his speeches to his troops in 1758
make clear. Amherst almost certainly had very little personal interaction
with the Mi'kmaq themselves. He learned his hatred from others who had
been in Nova Scotia longer. Is it possible that he learned more than their
attitudes, but maybe also their methods of operation?"
Globe and Mail is one of the principal Canadian newspapers, whose publisher
is an Americvan citizen and owned by Bell GlobeMedia, an international
financial conglomerate. In 2003 it emerged as one of the principle media
justifiers in Canada of the invasion and occupation of Iraq under the
pretext of finding Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Cited by Dan Paul of Halifax, author of We Were Not the Savages, in his
article, "General Jeffery Amherst ponders the best genocide methods
to use" at http://www.danielnpaul.com/GeneralJeffreyAmherst-1763.html
See "Motifs des sauvages mickmaques," in Baston du Bosq de Beaumont,
Les Derniers Jours de l'Acadie (Geneva, 1975), 46.
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