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Unredeemed Captive


             What does it mean to be taken captive? According to Webster's dictionary
             a captive is one who is forcibly confined, subjugated, or enslaved. It is obviously
             not a desire for anyone to become a captive of war, however this was the case
             for hundreds of colonists both French and English during the colonization of the
             "New World". John Demos, author of "The Unredeemed Captive", describes
             many of these prisoner's stories and their new lives with their captors. The book
             however is centralized around one family in particular, and their still captive
             daughter; Eunice Williams. When a child becomes captive it is almost
             unbearable for their family who can only fear the worst. But when a child is
             unwilling to return home after they have been captive for quite some time,
             it brings a whole new aspect of grief, like a nightmare, a situation that can only
             leave the captive's family in complete confusion. For John Williams, this was
             reality, his daughter Eunice, was unwilling to come home after being given the
             choice to go back or stay with her Indian captors. Indian culture was so foreign
             so frightening, and so unusual to the New England colonists, that a situation like
             Eunice's could only bring tremendous fear to her family and leave New
             Englanders asking, "What will these heathens teach and do to our people?"
             Turning back the clock to the late seventeenth century, we find America in
             a state of clashing empires; New England and New France. Two Empires who
             take their religion so seriously that both are willing to shed blood in order to keep
             their religion spread amongst the world. France's Catholic beliefs did not
             coincide well with the Protestant beliefs of the English; creating a religious battle
             between two neighboring empires in the "new world". A third group, the natives
             of this new world, play somewhat of a neutral group. However their role in this
            


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