"Now I say that with cruelty and oppression it is everybody's business to interfere when they see it."

~Anna Sewell

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Does this seem like a stupid idea to anyone else?

Back when settlers first came to America, they designed their villages so that their houses were surrounded by huge log stockades, as to prevent and protect against Indian attacks. So far, so good.

The logs were surrounding the village in a huge circle and there was only one way in or out. This is where start to ask myself if the colonists were smoking something other than tobacco. But then, if their defenses fell, there was a large building in the center of the village where they'd go as a last resort. This just baffles me.

The Indians are taking over your village, so you huddle together and make it easier for them to shoot you? You're all squished together like sardines surrounded by a pod of dolphins. The only ones that are even remotely safe are the ones in the center. And even then, they better hope the Indians run out of arrows by the time everyone surrounding them is impaled and scalped.

To me, this design is completely devoid of ingenuity. They were inexperienced, but only making one exit? Come on. No wonder it took so long to establish a permanent settlement.

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