Rum and divine providence (Benjamin Franklin)

You have to hand it to those wonderfully visionary people who lay the foundations of the modern USA, the land of freedom and democracy. As Benjamin Franklin put it:

If it be the Design of Providence to extirpate these Savages in order to make room for Cultivators of the Earth, it seems not improbable that Rum may be the appointed Means. It has already annihilated all the Tribes who formerly inhabited the Seacoast. (Writings, p. 1422).

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