Native Americans Dbq

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Near the end of the fifteenth century, Europeans started exploring new areas of the world in hopes of finding riches, trade routes, and new lands. Upon discovering the “New World,” Europeans came across native peoples. While the Europeans did learn from the indigenous people, they also tried to change the natives’ ways. This had a negative impact on the natives populations because many died. The overall impact exploration had on native peoples include enslavement, destroyed populations, and forced to change religion. One thing the Europeans did to the natives after taking their knowledge was enslaving them. “We shall take you and your wives and your children, and shall make slaves of them, and as such shall sell and dispose of them as…show more content…
Explorers brought many diseases with them which the native populations were not immune to, which killed a large number of the population. The Europeans lived in an area where disease was prominent unlike the Natives who were isolated from such disease. “After the Spaniards fled Tenochtitlan after La Noche Triste, a great plague broke out here in Tenochtitlan... A great many died from this plague and many others died of hunger” (Document 4). Miguel Leon-Portilla describes in the previous quote how smallpox was introduced to Tenochtitlan. Because the natives did not know what the disease was, many died from it; those who did not die from the disease died from lack of nutrition because of not being able to look for food to take care of the sick. Most of the natives who died, were infected by one disease or another although some were killed by the Europeans. “ Many experts now believe that the New World was home to 40 million to 50 million people before Columbus arrived and that most of them died within decades...Mexico alone, the native population fell from roughly 30 million in 1519 to 3 million in 1568” (Document 6). While the natives were used to disease, they were not ever introduced to things like syphilis, tuberculosis, smallpox, measles, mumps, and yellow fever. Not having ever been around these diseases, the natives were essentially completely
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