Ievves in America, or, Probabilities that the Americans are of that race. With the removall of some contrary reasonings, and earnest desires for effectuall endeavours to make them Christian.
Thorowgood, Thomas, d. ca. 1669.


IT hath been much, and many times, in severall mens thoughts, what Genius devoted our Countrey-men so willingly to forsake their Friends, and Nation, exposing themselves by voyages long and perillous to so many inconveni∣ences, as are to be encountred with by Strangers in a forraigne and unchristian land; some were hastened by their dislike of Church Government; other perhaps were in hope to enrich themselves by such Adventures; and 'tis like, divers of them did Page  2 foresee those Epidemicall Calamities, now for so many years oppressing this forlorne Nation, following there∣upon Solomons Counsell, A prudent man foreseeth the evill, and hideth himselfe, &c. Prov. 22. 5. Or else those pious soules by a divine instinct, might happily bee stirred up to despise all hazards, that the Natives for their temporall accommodations might bee spiritually enriched by the English, and though this was little seen at first in the endeavours, at least the successe of many gone thither, yet who can tell but supreme Pro∣vidence might then dispose mens hearts that way, them∣selves not discerning that influence; even as Cyrus pro∣moted the cause of the Jewes, he knew not why, nor whence, Esa. 45. 4, 5. Upon confidence that the Go∣spell of Christ shall be revealed in the midst of that yet most Barbarous Nation, the next desire was, if pos∣sible, to learne the Originall of the Americans, and by observations from Printed Books, and written Letters, and by Discourse with some that had travelled to, and abode in those parts severall years, the probability of that opinion as yet praeponderates, that the Westerne Indians be of Jewish race. aR. Verstegan proves the Saxons to be Germans, because their speech is alike, the names of persons and things sometimes agree, and the Idols of them both are not different; Bodineb mentioneth 3 Arguments (b), by which the beginnings of People are discoverable, the faire and true dealing of Historians, the comparing of Language, with the description of the Countrey, such helps have assisted also in this enquiry: Grotiusc conceiveth these Ame∣ricans to have come out of Europe, passing from Nor∣way into Iseland, thence by Friesland into Greenland, and so into Estotiland, which is part of that Western Page  3 Continent, hee is induced to that opinion from the names and words of places and things in both sounding alike: but Io. de Laetd abundantly disproves this Conjecture, which yet the Governor of the Dutch Plantation e there told Mr. Williams was his judge∣ment: Some others take them f to be a remnant of those Canaanites that fled out of that Land when the feare of Israel approaching thither fell upon them, Iosh. 2. 9. Others thinke g it most probable, that they are Tartars, passing out of Asia into America by the straights of Anian. Emanuel de Moraesh willingly believes them to be derived from the Carthaginians and Jewes; from which latter that they be descended, these following Conjectures are propounded to Conside∣ration.