Friday, November 20, 2015


Raise your hand if you are familiar with the Doctrine of Discovery, and add a comment about when you learned about it.  I am almost 70 and am pretty sure that I never learned about this in school.  We all learned the story of Custer's Last Stand, but we certainly did not learn about the Trail of Tears, Wounded Knee or Sand Creek.  After over 500 years of this immense injustice, I will join the call to have the Doctrine repudiated.  There is no way to make compensation or to reverse past injustices, but certainly we can acknowledge the travesties that grew out of the doctrine and try to head down a more just path.

The graphics will begin with a bit of commentary and then move on to a few examples of the results of the Doctrine of Discovery.


Emily said...

Hey, Doug

This is great. I'd never heard the term "Doctrine of Discovery," but I use excerpts from Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States and James Loewen's Lies My Teacher Told Me. Both are fantastic books and based on this post if you haven't already read them, you must!

Have a great day!

Doug said...

Thanks for the info Emily - I will definitely have to check out the books you reference. Your comment showed up in my email but not here, so I put it up.

Bizzy Brain said...

Have never heard of the Doctrine of Discovery until reading about it on your blog. Interesting picture of the Indians with firearms. Didn't the white man also introduce horses into North America? (Not to mention firewater.)

Mark R Aschliman said...

I recall "Manifest Destiny " as the doctrine

DES said...

Cuz - to quote from the article linked here: "Manifest destiny was the continuation of the Doctrine of Discovery adapted to the needs of 19th century US colonial aspirations."

Vincent Kim Lee said...

Well the "Doctrine Discovery" is a new one for me. Singapore Electric Supply Company