During the colonial times, Columbus and all the settlers practiced this same technique. When Columbus discovered the new world, it was already occupied with natives, which Columbus has historically described as, barbaric, uncivilized, and suffering people. Columbus did exactly what Prospero did and ‘freed’ these people in return for their service. The settlers brought disease and war over from Spain and used those as persuasion techniques over the natives. These frightened people agreed to help Columbus and his men, because it was better than the alternative, just like Ariel and Caliban agreed to work for Prospero.
For instance, in July, 1609, a war division consisting of the Huron and Algonquin, raided the Haudenosaunee settlements on the shore of Lake Champlain and the resulted in the deaths of several Mohawk war chiefs. This manifested the advantages of European weaponry, and made it seem like a favourable possession. To sustain their settlements and identity, the Haudenosaunee similarly engaged in fur trade with the Dutch as they realized European trade was essential to fortify their superiority. Therefore, the confederacy developed new worldviews of expansionism to gain wealth by the means
However, Columbus and the Europeans committed a lot of genocide when conquering the Native American land. Throughout this chapter, Zinn uses historical causation as he argues about the fact that Columbus mistreated the Indians. Additionally, Zinn discusses the effects of this mistreatment, which was the suffering of Indians and the success of Columbus in the short term; in the long term, it was the extinction of the Indian tribes. Chapter Two- Drawing the Color Line Zinn provides the reader with evidence on how racism prevailed during the revolution and proves that racism was the result of many historical events which had caused brutal slavery. Zinn proved this by declaring that “some historians think those first
The concepts behind the idea of assimilation are ones of supremacy and attempting to benefit the indigenous peoples of North America, when in fact assimilationist actions and colonization were extremely detrimental to the Native Americans. In the 18th century, the settler was preparing for the inevitable takeover of indigenous society, but, nevertheless, so were the Native Americans. Assimilationist techniques were especially common during the time of the Enlightenment; they made their way into the 21st century. These ideologies bled through the history of North America and are seemingly relevant to the discovery and conquering of indigenous
In the Spanish Conquistador picture, it shows how Native Americans died from war and treatment of Europeans, (Document 6). In fact, in the picture, the Spanish Conquistadors had advantages over the Native Americans. Swords, armor, horses, and shields all helped give Europeans control over the Native Americans, (Document 6). Another key point is, many Native Americans didn’t know there were other humans outside of where they lived. When Christopher Columbus and his crew arrived, Native Americans thought they came from heaven, (Columbus, Document 7).
Before and After Columbus Christopher Columbus was known to many Americans as the great explorer. He “discovered” America but as years went on the glorified Columbus was criticized and historians had found error in his ways. Does this mean Columbus was a villain and everything he stands for should be demolished? In this essay we will explore how Columbus Day is honored or observed in the United States of America and how celebrating this holiday opens up sore wounds for American Indians and how he opened the doors for transatlantic slavery, mass murders and cruelty to the Indigenous people of America. This essay will explore the apparent legacy that Columbus is celebrate and honored for, and whether or not all Americans should continue to honor Columbus Day.
The Downfall of the Native Americans The conquistadors came to the New World to conquer the land and everything they could gain from it such as gold, money, gems, and power. While the Native Americans had a few advantages over the conquistadors, having a larger population and already having set cultures throughout their nations to name a couple the conquistadors would succeed in subduing the Native Americans. The Europeans were successful in their endeavor for a few reasons; environmental factors, technology and tactics. One of the main factors that allowed the Europeans to take over the Native Americans was diseases; smallpox, typhus, and measles being the main killers. Europeans unknowingly brought over diseases with them causing epidemics and a huge depopulation among the Native Americans.
The start of the war was due to American extension into the Creek territory. In response, Shawnee carried a message of aggressive nativism that threaten the American expansion plans. Shawnee leader Tecumseh visit had resulted into a spiritual rebirth it “urged a spiritual cleaning and a material purging that recognized the agent’s activities as only the latest of many problems” (11). Tecumseh and his brother Tuckabatchee joined the Shawnee raids and killed several white men which resulted in retaliation and the start of Creek War. The authors believed that the war would have started with or without the visit of Tecumseh.
During Jackson’s presidency the American settlers disobeyed the law and went onto the Indians land. This then made the Natives and the U.S. Government have a hostile relationship. This hostile tension led to the Indian Removal Act. So, the act was passed and it led to the journey of the Trail of Tears. The many sources and perspectives regarding the Indian Removal act and the Trail of Tears help the readers understand the whole story of the event because you get the good and bad side of the removal.
1. Introduction to general literature : Literature is a cluster of verbal works, written, or oral, interrelated by subject-matter, by language or place of origin, or by prevailing cultural values. According to Boris Pasternak, ‘Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.’ Even in ancient times, scholars, critics and teachers of the literature have recognized that narrative – story telling which forms a necessary aspect of the novel began in every corner of the world at a very early point in the development of civilization. (Columbia history of American novel) 2. Introduction to American literature American literature, the body of written works