September 30, 2000
At the park, we went to the re-creations of Mission St. Marie. The mission is a living history museum. This means that in the museum, there are actors who dress and speak as though they live in the 1600s. There we met Indio Trensa. He was dressed like an Onondaga Indian from the 1600s.
Indio showed us different things that the Iroquois would wear. He let me wear a bear hide and a headdress made of turkey feathers.
The mission camp was very elaborate. They had a cookhouse where they prepared all the food. They also farmed corn and beans, so they had a good source of vegetables. The mission had a stockade around the outside for protection from enemies.
We move on down to New Paltz, NY approximately 200 miles from Onondaga Lake Park. There, we visit another settlement. The original settlers here were also French, but they are Protestant refugees who fled from France to escape persecution. So these Protestants from France came to New Paltz , NY to live where they could speak their own language, practice their own religion.. However, even though these French Huguenots were escaping persecution, that doesn't mean that they were little angels themselves. All most all of the families that lived in New Paltz owned slaves.
All in all the main reasons that the French Huguenots came to New Paltz, NY was to escape persecution and to have freedom, to live the type of life styles that they want to. This is still the case people come to America every year to live and be free.
Our ancestors came to this country for many different reasons but the over all reason was for freedom and exploration. So let's all stand up for our rights and explore the freedom that we have.
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