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Empire Versus Integrity

Empire Versus Integrity

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Published by Michael Drew Prior
A reflection upon empire, empire builders, biology, selfishness, and the good.
A reflection upon empire, empire builders, biology, selfishness, and the good.

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Published by: Michael Drew Prior on May 28, 2013
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Britain raped India. And China. And Africa. And the Middle East. And and and. Great, Britain!Great work!Work of great energy, bravery, and determination, yes! And also work of great arrogance, great selfishness, great spiritual blindness, and great small-mindedness. Consider all of the brutalization, suffering, and dehumanization brought to humanity by that cruel work!And the work, no doubt, of many of my ancestors.
Richard Grenville, (1542-1591), renowned English sea captain, was the first cousin once removed of a direct ancestor of mine, George Grenville (who died in 1580). Sir Richard Grenville’s grandfather, also named Richard Grenville, was the brother of George’s father, Digory Grenville (d.1539). Sir Richard Grenville’s great-grandfather, Sir Roger Grenville (1477-1523), was my great-great-great-great-great-great-great- great-great-great-great-great grandfather (12 greats). Sir Roger Grenville’s father was Sir Thomas Grenville (1450-1513), who among other things was a close assistant to King Henry VII. Sir Thomas Grenville was descended from yet another Sir Richard Grenville, who
was a brother of Robert Fitzhamon and one of the “Twelve Knights of Glamorgan.”
Richard Grenville (1542-1591) had sought to lead an expedition that would have made the first British voyage around the world (second in all--after Magellan), but that honor was given to
Francis Drake. He and Drake were both privateers -- pirates, sanctioned by the British government to prey on others (the Spanish, who were returning to Europe with vast fortunes of gold and silver stolen from South America).
Richard Grenville (1542-1591), also cousin to Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Humphrey Gilbert and Sir Francis Drake, was the Admiral and the General, and a ship’s captain, of the second British expedition to the site of what would shortly later become the first British attempt to establish a colony in the America’s. This attempt, which was on the Outer Banks of what is today North Carolina, failed, and is known to history as “the Lost Colony.” Apparently, Sir Richard Grenville himself strongly contributed to the development of the very bad relations between the English would-be colonists and the local “Indians”, which somewhat later contributed to the failure (and disappearance) of this proto-colony.

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