However the Native Americans strongly regarded their way of live. In their culture the order of nature, was vastly important. It was understood that there was an order to which nature worked and because of this they were tied to the land. They could not comprehend how the whites could “wander far from the graves of [their] ancestors and seemingly without regret” (Chief Joseph 2). The white settlers came to America and immediately started to conquer the land, without feeling any shame. To the Native Americans that was shocking, for they believed that “even the rocks, which seem to be dumb and dead...[had] memories of stirring events connected with the lives of [their] people” (Chief Joseph 3). They did not understand how someone could forget their ancestors, and fight nature in such a way that there is room for nobody but themselves. All the same though the white settlers could not see that what they were doing as wrong. They had come to the West to begin a new chapter in life, and if the Native Americans could not accept this, then they had to be dealt with.
It is evident that the Native Americans were unfairly removed from their homeland because the Europeans settlers saw them as savages not worthy to live among them. The Native Americans responded to their cruelty with pleads of desperation. These pleads of desperation were annoyed and instead excuses of doing what’s “best” for them both proceeded.
The Europeans colonized most of America because they saw the land they had available where they could expand their influence on the world. Also, they were able to establish colonies that sent raw materials home which would make them money. Through the analysis of Jared Diamonds video Guns, Germs, and Steel, this essay will show that the Europeans were able to conquer the Native American’s so easily because of their geography, weapons, and diseases.
The attempt to homogenize Native Americans as a single people or culture is severely misguided. “At the time of their first contacts with Europeans at the beginning of the sixteenth century, the inhabitants of the Western Hemisphere represented over 2,000 separate cultures, spoke several hundred different languages, and made their living in scores of different environments.” (Faragher 2) These cultures may well share a common ancestor, however, this theoretical ancestor is near his descendents in neither time nor place. The proximity of the relationship in both regards is not altogether different than that of a theoretical ancestor to all Europeans. In addition to being a disparate group, the ‘Indians’ of Columbus’s ‘New World’ were part of highly advanced cultures. Groups throughout North America had made significant advances in farming, technology, politics, and gen...
To reveal the main ideas, facts the paper presented Native Americans in the United States today, particularly social, economic and political situation of the Indians as indigenous inhabitants of the American continent, representatives of one of the races living on the territory of the modern United States of America. The author focused on the Native Americans influence on American culture and how its traditions and values helped shape the development of a multicultural society. Still, as it was predicted, this influence was better analyzed through the prism of mutual influence – Native Americans to the rest part of American society and vice versa. This is due the different sizes and effectiveness of mentioned influences since western or European origin Americans’ cultural particularities are somewhat constant the other cultures stretch to. However, Native Americans’ influence does exist, has its volume, historical weight and outcomes.
Daniel Richter's Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America, turns many heads as Richter changes the traditional outlook of the Westward expansion all the way to the American Revolution by viewing certain events through the eyes of the Native Americans who were settled in this land years before the new colonizations started. It was not easy to try and make a complete work about the different perspectives that the Natives had, due to the fact that many sources are works from Europeans or they were filtered by them. Richter explains that Native people sketch out elaborative paintings in their house or on barks of living trees, many of these sources obviously have not lasted long enough for us to examine. This book, however gives great detail and fully analyzes the "aggressively expansionist Euro-American United States" (p. 8-7) that rose from what belonged to Indian Country. Richter challenges you to compose a new framework of the Indian and European encounters reforming the "master narrative" of early American colonization from the Native point of view.
When the Europeans Colonization America it changed not only the lives of the Native American people but their cultures as well. Looking at the history of the population of American Indigenous peoples, we can see a catastrophic drop off when the Europeans arrive. When the Europeans came, they forced the natives to pack up their camps and move into other tribes' territories or into infertile grounds, and introduced major disease like smallpox, influenza, measles, and even some minor disease like the common cold and chicken pox’s, which killed more than half of the native population. The natives had no immunity’s to the new European diseases, so the outbreak was almost 100% effective. This is not to say that all of the Europeans influence was negative the Europeans did introduce modern medicines, new animals, exotic plants and new technology to the Native Americans.
Talking Back to Civilization , edited by Frederick E. Hoxie, is a compilation of excerpts from speeches, articles, and texts written by various American Indian authors and scholars from the 1890s to the 1920s. As a whole, the pieces provide a rough testimony of the American Indian during a period when conflict over land and resources, cultural stereotypes, and national policies caused tensions between Native American Indians and Euro-American reformers. This paper will attempt to sum up the plight of the American Indian during this period in American history.
The native people of the North America lived for hundreds of years in peace. However, in 1540 the every day lives of the Native Americans came to an alarming halt. It was in that year that Hernando de Soto came in contact with the native people of North America. From then on the natives, known as Indians, would come in contact with settlers from around the world that would be after their land. They would eventually adopt some of the foreigners’ ways. They would even go as far as to involve themselves in some of the colonial wars. This would not prove good for some because the Indians on...
This book is complete with some facts, unfounded assumptions, explores Native American gifts to the World and gives that information credence which really happened yet was covered up and even lied about by Euro-centric historians who have never given the Indians credit for any great cultural achievement. From silver and money capitalism to piracy, slavery and the birth of corporations, the food revolution, agricultural technology, the culinary revolution, drugs, architecture and urban planning our debt to the indigenous peoples of America is tremendous. With indigenous populations mining the gold and silver made capitalism possible. Working in the mines and mints and in the plantations with the African slaves, they started the industrial revolution that then spread to Europe and on around the world. They supplied the cotton, rubber, dyes, and related chemicals that fed this new system of production. They domesticated and developed the hundreds of varieties of corn, potatoes, cassava, and peanuts that now feed much of the world. They discovered the curative powers of quinine, the anesthetizing ability of coca, and the potency of a thousand other drugs with made possible modern medicine and pharmacology. The drugs together with their improved agriculture made possible the population explosion of the last several centuries. They developed and refined a form of democracy that has been haphazardly and inadequately adopted in many parts of the world. They were the true colonizers of America who cut the trails through the jungles and deserts, made the roads, and built the cities upon which modern America is based.
The history of the American West in the 16th through 18th centuries is often misinterpreted and not historically accurate. Most Americans simply see European colonization of the Americas as a one-sided battle, where Europeans came in and simply pushed the Indians west until they could not go west anymore. They fail to recognize Native Americans as having complex societal structures, extensive trade routes, rebellious attitudes and thriving towns. That is why all of these things should be showcased, in order to provide a true look at Native Americans, past the basic, European-based, high school knowledge of Native existence.
“In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue,” is the sing-song line taught throughout most elementary schools in America. After the initial journey of Columbus, a mass of Europeans followed in his footsteps in order to colonize what would be dubbed as “The New World.” But in truth, the lands they found were already inhabited by millions of Native Americans, and these Natives had lived on the land for centuries. And with the arrival of these colonists, with their lust for riches, came the creation of an extremely complex relationship between European colonists and Native Americans. These relationships could be positive, negative, war-like, a mutual dependence,
This book talks about the history of Native Americans. The author expresses the American Indian perspective of the injustices and betrayals of the US government--in its dealings with the Indians, which seemed to be engaged in continued efforts to destroy the culture, religion, and way of life of Native American people. It describes about the various tribes and their relation with the government. The later part of the book focuses primarily on the Sioux and Cheyenne tribes of the North American Plains. The first tells about the initial interaction of white with the native. They were among the last to be moved onto Indian reservations, under perhaps the most violent circumstances. It culminates with the Battle of the Little Bighorn, the deaths
European exploration and colonization was immensely impactful on the lives of the Native Americans. Before the arrival of European explorers, Native Americans had developed their own complex culture. Native Americans showed that they were more than just indigenous barbarians by building magnificent pyramids, creating calendars, implementing superior farming practices, and designing larger cities. Native Americans also lived a more healthy lifestyle through frequent bathing, unlike the Europeans. European arrival quickly changed the Native American lifestyle; Native American’s had previously been isolated from the rest of the world due to the distance set by the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. European colonization of the Americas took away
The Native Americans’ way of life was toppled by European settlers and explorers, beginning in 1524 when Giovanni da Verrazano met native peoples on the East Coast (DiNome, “American Indians Part III: Indian tribes from European contact to the era of removal”). Sir Walter Raleigh, who led an expedition in 1584 along with Philip Amadas and Arthur Barlowe, continued the peaceful relationship with the natives that Giovanni had started. However, as more and more expeditions were led to the Americas, the Europeans found out more and more about the native peoples, especially that they were “inferior and in need of being brought ‘to civilities’ ” (DiNome). In fact, the Spanish were the ones who are known to have massacred the Indians in America and the Aztec in Mexico due to their naïvetés. Having never see...