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How would I summarize the excerpt "Indian Relations" in History of Plymouth Plantation?

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Summarizing a text requires you to use your own words (for the most part) to re-state a work's most important points with accuracy and brevity. Unlike argument, in which you take a particular point of view on a subject, when writing a summary, you are not evaluating or judging a work but simply telling your reader what the principal points are. Although the section your question focuses on recounts an important episode in Bradford's Of Plymouth Plantation, Bradford discusses other aspects of the Pilgrim's experience with Native Americans—such as the Pequot War—in other chapters.

To understand and summarize accurately the section on "Indian Relations" in book 2, it helps to know what preconceptions the Pilgrims had about the Native Americans. In book 1, chapter 4, for example, Bradford discusses all the dangers waiting for the Pilgrims, which includes those imposed by Native Americans:

the savage people, who are cruel, barbarous and most treacherous, being most furious in their rage and...

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