The US Constitution was inspired from the written agreements the Iroqois nation had set up to
govern its confederacy of 7 tribes. The entire idea of federalism was an idea that the Founding
Fathers adopted from the Iroqois nation.
During the years of the Continental Congress and the drafting of the Articles of Confederation, the Founding Father who was by far the most influenced
by Indians and had bridged the gap between European conceptions (and misconceptions) and real life in the colonies was Benjamin Franklin.
Born in 1706 and a newspaper journalist by trade, Franklin wrote on his many years of observations and interactions with
natives (most often the Iroquois but also the Delawares and Susquehannas) in a classic essay of literature and history called
"Remarks Concerning the Indians of North America." The work extols the virtues of the Indian's way of life
and contrasted it was the savagery and unfairness of Old World European society.
Franklin was impressed by the Iroquois political system and noted:
"for all their government is by the Council or advice of the sages; there is no force, there are no prisons, no
officers to compel obedience, or inflict punishment. Hence they generally study oratory; the best speaker having the most influence."
In his eloquent description of government by consensus that the Iroqois governed by Franklin also elaborated on Indians'
sense of courtesy in Council meetings and
disfavorably compared them to the angry raucous nature of the British House of Commons. He argued that the incivility of
the British House of Commons revealed a deeper incivility in their country - an incivility due to inequity and tyranny.
In other essays, Benjamin Franklin would elaborate on the superiority of Indian foods, especially corn which
he found to be "one of the most agreeable and wholesome grains of the world." He also was one of the first
to argue for the need for American forces to adopt Indian modes of warfare such as ambushes and camouflage
- military tactics that today seem obvious.
Back then though the British and Americans had very different ideas about war. Honor was very important. For the same reason
colonists would not shoot a man in the back, they would not put camouflage on like the Indians to attack in ambushes. Rather
battles were scheduled most of the time. The exceptions being when the English would attack in the middle of the
night and try and kill innocent people in the Colonists settlements that were weakly defended.
The British Soldiers were never meant to be good soldiers - that's why the colonists kicked their asses. They were thugs
Hell - they wore red coats when they went fighting. What kind of color is "RED" for camouflage???
The British soldiers were not meant to hide into the background, they were supposed to be a sign of empirial force. An
announcment of the bloodyness of tyrannical violence. Why else dress your soldiers in blood red?
It was the colonist's direct observations of the political practices of the Iroquois Confederacy which convinced them how power
vested in "we the people" actually produced a functional democracy. The concept of the pursuit of life and liberty are
directly attributable to the influence of the Iroqois confederacy. The Iroqois had a written document like our constitution
that defined their confederacy of 7 tribes.