This is a history lesson.
"At first, the white men had taken no notice whatsoever of Indian political practices. If the Indians had felt superstitious awe at the beginning of the relationship, the Europeans suffered from quite the reverse. Even the most enlightened among them saw only "savages". Yet what the Europeans encountered and swept aside was nothing less than an interlocking network of federated democracies. Among the Indians, no free man stood above another. They were equal. They believed in liberty. They bowed to no one. To what do we compare this?"