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If I may add a footnote to the recent exchanges between Johnnye and myself
memory and her 'unusual' red hair and green eyes, the Narrgansett Indians
when asked: "Who
built Newport Tower?" answered: "It was built by fire-haired* men with
green eyes who came
up the river in a boat like a gull with a broken wing".
* Note: fire-haired men. Not fair haired
'The gull with the broken wing' was undoubtedly a reference to the
ships' sail flapping in
the breeze because, by the time the ship was in the estuary, it would,
in all probability,
have been propelled by men at the oars.
What a wonderful description the Narragansett people gave to the arrival of
the builders of
Newport Tower and how much we can (and should) learn about the early
history of America
from that simple sentence.
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