I turn my sights here to one bee in particular, Apis mellifera, the western honeybee, the European honeybee, to tell a tale of colonization, agriculture, food, capitalism, and domination. Through so small a subject can we weave an epic history. Before 1622, so-called North America (hereafter Turtle Island) had been a stranger to the buzzing wings of Apis mellifera. European settlers, engaged in a process of violent colonization of these territories, mandated that the bees be packed into crates and shipped across the Atlantic Ocean in order to pollinate the newly appropriated agricultural land. The settlers wanted to grow crops familiar to them from Europe and they knew that the honeybee was integral to that new system.