Written texts and settlements were eradicated. The few survivors were forcefully converted to the Catholic faith and were made to abandon their ‘savage’ way of life. Fortunately, through oral tradition much information survived about the ways of the Aztecs. A written source called the Florentine Codex also contributed to our understanding of their culture. In this codex a Spanish monk, named Fray Bernardino de Sahagún, documented the religion, ritual practices, social structure, economics and cosmological views the Aztecs.
By the end of the sixteenth century, the new colonies in Mexico were thriving under Spanish control. The once vibrant and busy city of Tenochtitlan had become a distant memory, which the Europeans ensured to suppress by removing remanence of Aztec representation throughout the land. Moreover, the Spanish made every possible effort to impose its traditions on the conquered natives and rule in the manner, which favored the crown, primarily thorough the spread of Christianity. Moreover, European culture was not a matter of choice for the natives to adopt, in fact, entirely the opposite transpired. Upon arrival to the new world, the Spaniards expressed negative sentiments regarding the native’s religious affiliation and customs, which prompted
He says, “If we find it does them good, makes them honest and less disposed to cheat Indians, we will then consider again what you have said” (Stone, 1841). Even though Red Jacket had no idea of knowing the future, this statement really foreshadows the dark world Native Americans would have had ahead of them. White colonists majorly displaced and deceived Indigenous peoples, turning them against each other, resulting in many deaths and hardships. Even though this point is representing what is to come, the irony of the statement gives a great impact of how hypocritical the Christian colonists actually were. With hypocrisy comes self-contradiction.
All empires and tribes have things that they will have in common but they all are different from each other. Today I am going to share with you how the Inca empire is different from the Aztec empire. One of the things that make the Inca different from the Aztecs is the location that the empire is located in .The Inca people were located in modern day Peru, the capital of Cusco. The place that they were located is nicknamed the “lost city”. The place was called the lost city because the city was never found by the Spanish invaders when they conquered the Inca in the 1500’s.
- The Alamo in San Antonio. - California was of no serious foreign threat. - 1769 Spanish missionaries led by Father Junipero Serra founded at San Diego the first of a chain of twenty-one missions that came up the coast as far as Sonoma, north of San Francisco Bay. - “mission Indians” did adopt Christianity, but they also lost contact with their native cultures and often lost their lives as well. - “Black Legend”- False concept held that the conquerors merely tortured and butchered the Indians, stole their gold, infected them with smallpox, and left little but misery behind.
Despite the common opinion, voodoo rituals didn’t include drinking animal blood, sacrifices, snakes, sexual content etc. Still it was frightening enough for the white plantation owners and they forbid the slaves to study voodoo. The plantation owners had baptized them all as Catholics but voodoo was still practiced secretly. The salves also incorporated Christianity with their native beliefs, they included some Catholic saints, prayers, statues and candles in their voodoo belief. Voodoo had come to the United States, when the slaves in Haiti were sold to the West Indies, mostly to New Orleans.
One reason why the positives did not outweigh the negatives were the colonialists strategy of cultural domination. In the UCLA Journal of Undergraduate Research Volume four Issue two it states that natives were forbidden to speak in their native language. They were separated from their families and were placed in boarding schools. (2011) These were both methods of how the colonialist strategy dominator culture because it eradicated any trace of the original society. They also wanted to stop the growth of Native population.
Emperor Akbar was the ruler of a gunpowder Empire, allowing him to conquer most of the Indian subcontinent, which is what I believe he will be remembered for. Equally important, Akbar created new policies to have non-Muslims support him, some policies like removal of taxes on pilgrims along with non-Muslims, he became interested in other religions, to the point of complete toleration as well as inviting Christian missionaries to talk to him about their religion. Surprisingly, even though he supported and had his court made of poets, artists and scholars he never learned to read or indite.
These macho explorers were greedy and ruthless. Their treatment of the native people is something that cannot be overlooked, no matter how beneficial exploration was. The New World was not a great place to be when the start of exploration began. The Native people living there in the late 1400s and 1500s were more mistreated by European explorers than most people care to know. As Christopher Columbus mentions in his letter to the treasurer of the King of Spain, the Natives were ready to be converted to Christianity.
The Europeans cared little about the Native American way of life, they only cared about exploiting the resources of the Natives home; this meant both natural and human. At any rate, the Europeans felt the best way to make the Natives “civilized” was to convert them to christianity, Columbus even brought 10 natives beach with him to help them “adapt to their ways.” Unfortunately, they only survived long enough to become baptized. Ultimately, It was your classic case of European colonialism.