17th Century Torture and Executions
In the 17th century, Europeans and American Indians practiced public torture and execution, but for very divergent reasons. European torture was a centrally directed practice meant to demonstrate the power of the king, or sovereign. Native American torture was highly decentralized and served to enhance bonds between community members. Examining European and American Indian torture reveals the significant differences between these two very different cultural expressions. PLEASE NOTE: PORTIONS OF THIS DISCUSSION ARE GRAPHIC.