Native Americans And Europeans: Changes In Native American Society

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Contact between Native Americans and Europeans brought changes to Native American societies. One change was that the Native American population decreased quickly due to disease and warfare. Native Americans weren’t immune to European diseases like small pox and the flu. Another change was that Native Americans were forced into slavery through the encomienda system. The encomienda system was created by the Spanish to control and regulate Native American labor and behavior while colonizing the Americas. Native Americans resisted change by fighting back. During King Phillip’s War, Native Americans united against Puritan settlers. They destroyed over 50 villages and forced settlers to flee for safety.

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  • Explains that contact between native americans and europeans brought changes to native american societies. one change was that the population decreased rapidly due to disease and warfare.
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