When Europeans first encountered Native Americans, they saw them as the exemplification of freedom. Even though colonists desired freedom, they felt that Native Americans had the wrong type of freedom. They thought they were too free and lacked the structure that civilization provided. Because of the multitude of Natives in America they had no choice but to live around them, but the treatment of the Natives between the French and the English were vastly different. The establishment of New France rested on their need of furs rather than agricultural settlements.
The Americans used fear to try to “civilise” the Indians because if they were going to be near the American society they had to blend in. Plus their religion was made illegal, so not long after people lost touch with their native roots and converted to Christianity. Another example would be their loss of independence. When the first treaty was made, both the Indians and Americans were considered equals and Native American Indians were seen as a sovereign nation. This only lasted till people in the Congress gained plenary power and abolished all the political systems of the Indians (“Native American Rights”).
In North America were treated as savages and had their land stolen. As the white man pushed westward, always wanting more land and resources, they pushed the American Indians out of their way. To the whites, the natives were inferior people an obstacle they had to overcome to obtain their land. The pioneers wanted metal such as silver and goal, mostly located on Indian land. Creating a string of event After the Civil War, where the United States relocated most American Indians west of the Mississippi River due to an act signed by President Andrew Jackson called the idiom removal act.
"They see no life when they look they see only objects. The world is a dead thing for them" (Silko 135). The American government from the beginning did not see the land the same way the natives did. Nevertheless, the American government had the power to use the land for their own means and as a result subjugated Natives into Indian reservations. This is an extremely relevant example of colonialism in the form of controlling a population geographically.
Both had multiple casualties from malnutrition and disease and had to endure the same hardships. The difference is that the United States did this action out of greed for the Native Americans land that they own east of the Mississippi River. Ethan Davis rights in his article “An Administrative Trail of Tears: Indian Removal,” that Congressional Democrats told society that the Removal Act was "a measure of life and death. Pass the bill on your table, and you save [the Indians]. Reject it, and you leave them to perish"(11).
Native Americans were forced to pick up their homes and resettle in areas that were less than sufficient to meet their basic needs. If Native Americans were not compliant, Americans would murder them. Although Manifest Destiny was seen as an inevitable movement among Americans and resulted in the formation of the American West in the Nineteenth century, it was truthfully an act of invasion and subjugation against peoples who had settled the land for hundreds of years earlier. Manifest Destiny led to an obvious upsurge in racial
The Native Americans were treated very cruelly and scornfully by white settlers and the American Government. The white settlers and the Government did not show any slight altruism towards the Native Americans' and therefore took their land by force by cheating them through treaties or relinquishing them off with soldiers or after battles. The Trail of Tears was a devastating event that occurred in the 1830's and an example of a grueling era. In 1830 The Indian Removal Act was passed by the authorization of president Andrew Jackson.” Five Civilized Tribes, the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole. Some people rejected the idea and did not feel it was right to support the Indian Removal Act.
The English were more concerned with finding gold rather than building functioning societies; which were primarily built around biblical teachings, while the Spanish intended for European national power to extend to western civilization beginning with Catholicism and influence of the pope. English settlers were driven from England due to religious practices and perceived themselves as saving the Indians from the Spanish and their tyrannical ways. For the English, owning land would give men control over their own labor and the right to vote in most colonies, and this land possession would show wealth. This new obtained wealth would not only have demonstrated power, but it could also be used to influence a society a certain way to convince others to follow suit. The English believed that their motives for colonization were pure, and that the growth of empire and freedom would always go together, unlike the Spanish.
This shows Pap’s character towards African Americans and how he kidnap Huck and talks about the government which is not okay and that makes him more disrespectful: “when they told me there was a state in this country where they’d let that nigger vote, I drawed out. I says I’ll never vote again. Them’s the very words I said; they all heard me; and the country may rot for all me i’ll never vote again as long as I live. And to see the cool way of that nigger why, he wouldn’t a give me the road if I hadn’t shoved him out o’ the
The Spanish settlers could safely ignore the law as they were situated thousands of miles away from where it would be truly enforced. They exploited this and enslaved a vast number of natives. These white men saw themselves as superior to these innocent, inferior natives. The enslaved Indians were forced to do the most difficult and tiresome work and without fair