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‘Of Replentishing Wast and Voyd Countries’
The Moral Foundation of New England from John White’s Planters Plea

Every aspect of the foundation of English-Speaking America is entirely misunderstood but American academics and the human livestock they are charged with programming. Other than William Bradford’s account of the settlement of the Plymouth Colony, Reverend White’s Planters plea, which accompanied a legal document concerning the theft of a salt shipment, is the earliest document formerly New England I have yet read. For those who have read Increase Mather’s Indian Warres, this document from a generation and a half earlier, a full 46 years earlier, exposing the foundations of the society Mather documents under fire from native resistance fighters in his work.

The Planters Plea lays out the moral foundation of the plantation system as grounded in the old testament, particularly the Book of Genesis, with the interpretation of God’s Word considered according to the economic norms of early 17th Century England. The hatred and fear with which the English colonists viewed the apparently pristine, though actually managed, wilderness of Primal America is influenced by the fact that these folk came from a land without natural landscapes, in which the once dominant forest cover of pagan Europe had long ago been removed, a process that kept pace with the spread of Christianity. There is also the fact that these were urban people—town dwellers, largely—with no hunting or war fighting traditions in their experience, who were faced with the prospect of displacing a native people who inhabited an alien landscape—ironically an identical landscape to that which their pagan ancestors once called home—which not only provided their dietary needs, but informed their martial methods as well. In the most practical sense, if one were to assimilate, exterminate or drive off the natives of the Eastern Woodlands of North America, one would target their habitat for destruction, denying them both sustenance, their field of maneuver and also their place of refuge.

The key to understanding White's Plea, is twofold:

1. The planter planted people, not crops

2. God had decreed millennium earlier, that all lands not inhabited by nations of men who had domesticated the plant life and animal life were wastelands, a post-apocalyptic void not yet recovered from some depopulating event. This event has been identified by researchers such as Graham Hancock and Randal Carlson as flooding at the end of the Ice Age in what is known as the Younger Dryas event. Traces of this event re found in many mythologies. In the Epic of Gilgamesh The Flood is mentioned, as well as Gilgamesh’s own attempt to destroy the natural order in the form of the Cedar Forest and its Savage Guardian who served the Old Gods.

These two points, taken together, reflected upon through a reading of Genesis 1.2.8 in which God informs mankind of his core duty, “to replenish the earth and subdue it,” provided a moral basis and foundation for the destruction of the North American habitat necessary for removing the native people, as well as those escaped servants and slave sailors who had been joining the Amerindians since at least 1500. Below are some quotes from Reverend White’s plea:

“…the husbanding [1] of unmanured [2] grounds…”

“…the duty of peopling voyd [3] places…”

“…undertaking such a laborious taske as is the subduing [4] of unmanured [2] countreyes…”

“…what are new families but petite colonies…” [5]

“How men should have benefit of the earth but by habitation [6] and culture [7] cannot be imagined.” [8]


1. Seeding the land with Christian people

2. Grounds that are not manured, meaning ruled by a Christian lord or congregation in some sort of manoral system, and therefore full of sin and savagery

3. A place is void, or unoccupied when churched settlements of Christians are not present

4. Lands which are not orchards, grain fields, grazing pastures, gardens or occupied by the buildings which are process and house those who process the produce of this man, the fruits of its cultivation, thus achieving the subdual of this otherwise evil land of sin, savagery and deviltry.

5. White goes into great detail as to God’s command that the son should separate from the father and begin a new household as a means of peopling the “voyd” and “wast” places of the world. Those who look at our current atomized society, in which grandparents are shuffled off into old age homes and parents surrender their children to government education, all of these aspects of modern life being based upon the removal of the extended family unit and clan in favor of the more land hungry and resource wasteful nuclear family model was promoted by Christian moralists as a means for destroying the native habitat.

6. To be subdued a land must have a breeding human population of Christian folk.

7. Culture, in this context, refers to agricultural cultivation.

8. The people of England, for hundreds of years, had no experience with uncleared land. Those limited forest lands were the property of the State or of large landowners and to trespass in such places was a capital offense. These timber sources, are the ancestral versions of modern oil fields and rare metal deposits, as timber was a military and fuel resource of the age.

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Sam J.June 16, 2017 2:50 AM UTC

James I wonder if people are reading your site in Hollywood. I saw an episode of American Gods where they made an episode about a girl sent to the colonies for stealing. This is I believe the first time ever I've seen any TV or movie about Whites being sent as servants to the, now, US.