After the encounter between these people who had not earlier known of one another’s existence, it was almost assured to end terribly. They certainly found each other strange at their first meeting. Native Americans were much underdressed compared to Europeans, and because of this Europeans viewed the Natives with pity and disgust rather than admiration. Europe’s cultural traditions, which mostly derived from the bible, caused people to believe that Natives were inferior because they were different. They used terms like “barbaric” and “heathen” to describe the Indians. “Europeans were culturally predisposed to see others as savages, while Native Americans were inclined to view strangers as gods” (Lepore). The first encounters of Europeans and North Americans were often brutal. The Europeans would kill, capture, and enslave them at first sight. Eventually, Europeans expected Natives to willingly subject themselves an...
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