By Ingeborg Marshall
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8 In contrast to Peckham's ideas concerning native lands, Eburne was opposed to the occupation of countries by invasion. He considered it morally wrong as well as unlawful for one nation to destroy another in order to seize its land. By the time Eburne argued his case, the North American Indians were no longer an unknown people. Trade relations had been established in several regions and enough was known about Indian practices and their way of life to indicate that they could be astute and useful allies.
1? 18 Nonetheless, baiter with natives remained a secondary source of income for them. The French Basque Martizan Aristega, who came to "Terre Neuf' (a term designating Newfoundland as well as the Strait of Belle Isle and the Gulf of St Lawrence) in 1597 to fish, procure whale oil, and trade for furs, trucked forty buckskins, forty beaver, and twenty martin pelts for tobacco. 20 No sixteenth-century record positively attests to trade for furs with native people in Newfoundland, though some documents mention trade goods being taken by shipowners or crew in anticipation of barter.
Three accounts of natives captured at sea may refer to this one incident, or they may refer to two different events. " According to the first two, the natives had coarse black hair and facial markings but no facial hair. Their loincloths and garments were made of bear, deer (caribou), or seal skins, and their hunting tools consisted of bows strung with roots or sinews, and of arrows fitted with stone or bone points. They ate broiled meat and drank water. Their captors were unable to communicate with them and were of the opinion that they had neither money nor religion.
A History and Ethnography of the Beothuk by Ingeborg Marshall