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In the Beginning This article talks about the role of many different types of women in early America It also has the thoughts of men about these women The area of black slavery is also covered in this article and it touches on who the slaves were before the blacks came The different women that are covered are the Indians then the whites and finally the African Americans First the Indian women were covered The Englishmen as promiscuous thought of the women living with their tribes They came to this conclusion because they were allowed to have sexual relations with different men practice polygamy and they noticed that the children had lighter hair than the Indians This said that the people the women were having sex with were people from other than their tribe They mentioned that the Indians had more rules about when where and who they could have sex with For example they were not allowed to have sex while they were pregnant men who were going or coming from war were not allowed to have sex either because they needed to keep their minds on the battle The English were also surprised at the fact that women did all the work and were allowed to dress nicely Another freedom that women had in their tribes was that they had ownership of their land houses and their children As time went by the Americans French and the Spanish took the Indian women to be their wives As far as sex between them went the English were used to paying for sex and the Indian women were used to trading for it so it worked out pretty well for the two parties At one point in the 1500s a man named Cartagena captured three-hundred Indians and two-hundred African Americans and took them to Florida they figured that this was an attempt to allow the Spanish and the two groups he had captured
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