Christopher Columbus Controversy's A Collision Of Culture

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The Native Americans suffers hardship for being seen as a minority in the European-American society. Being forced into labor and acquiring diseases from the Europeans was only a few of the calamities they endured throughout the years. The indigenous people’s culture and religion diminishes as the Europeans settles in around them. The agony of seeing their own culture and religion yield to Europeans influences. The Europeans influences the indigenous people as they attain their lands and due to that, Native Americans has to adapt to their surroundings in order to survive. The Europeans arriving with “gifts” for the Native Americans, diseases. It’s seen in the text, “A Collision of Cultures”, the narrator informs that “a pandemic of diseases …show more content…

He lands in America, at first, focusing “on his mission to find riches and conquer new lands” (Columbus Controversy), then later, he and his men “enslaved many native inhabitants of the West Indies and subjected them to extreme violence and brutality (Columbus Controversy). One of the first calamities that Native Americans had suffer through was being forced into labor, because Columbus couldn’t find any gold for Spain, who was financing his journey. Columbus was a man that cared only for wealth and his own life. As he sets his eyes on the aboriginal people, he takes advantage of their kindness: “They willingly traded everything they owned...They would make fine servants...With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want” (Zinn). Columbus is perceived as a base person because he targets the Native Americans, one reason was being their weapons is not as advanced as the Europeans: “European rulers began to commission ever bigger guns and learned to mount them on ships” (Loewen 39). The guns symbolizes control and power over the Native Americans because with the weapon, the indigenous people would always lose to the Europeans. The indigenous people were soon separated from their family and tribes as result of being sold into slavery. The Native American were defenseless against the hulking bullies that stood as an

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