This Flag thread begs for context.
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As someone with Native American blood, I can assure you yes, there were tribes here. I can also tell you we were ashamed of that blood and we hid that history for many, many years.
The settlement of Maine was not an easy one but yes, the White Settlers did do that in the most meaningful way building villages, cities and ports. Permanent settlements. Settlements populated with people imbued with the Puritan work ethic to survive in such a rough environment. The seaman and the homesteader on the Flag should not be forgotten and deserve their place on it.
And all the while these settlements and the pioneering settlers faced bloody resistance.
The Indians raided. Killed.
It is no wonder American culture still reveres the Red Raider as a warrior icon. No wonder that after their cultural defeat, their visages were adopted as mascots and idols to be held in memory of these worthy opponents, now vanquished.
The early history of Maine is full of accounts of Indian raids and fights for survival. That violent legacy kept the blood in our family a dark secret. People like my grandmother and her parents were ashamed, and it was not shared nor talked about.
The French and Indian war raged throughout Maine and littered her with Forts.
The Indians found out the hard way that demography is destiny. With such a homogeneous population like Maine enjoys, talk of removing the two white pioneers from her flag was sure to excite passions.
It matters little who was where first.
Thanks for listening.