European Imperialization Dbq Essay

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In 1540 to 1700, the Scientific Revolution occured, events and tools created during this time period would change life forever. First, the astrolabe and the compass were both technological advances created to help navigate and explore the world. Also, at this time Asian spices were huge, but Italy and Egypt controlled the trade routes to Asia. Then, explorers started to sail the world, finding new routes and lands. Lastly, Christopher Columbus tried to sail to Asia in late 1492, but messed up on his way there and discovered the New World. European colonization changed the lives of Native Americans in the New World.
Trade had a major effect on European and Native American lives. The Columbian trade was a huge success in both areas, but better
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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). “...but believe all power and goodness are in heaven. They are firmly convinced that I, with my ships and men, came from heaven, and, in this belief, received me at every place at which I touched,” (Columbus, Document 7). This shows that Native Americans didn’t understand who Europeans were and thought they came from heaven. It also shows how easily Europeans could convince the Native Americans. As a result, many Native Americans lost all their freedom and became slaves. They worked on plantations for Europeans and lost everything. Not to mention, diseases were killing tons of Native Americans at this time, which also resulted in a population decrease. Population decrease of Native Americans made slavery go down. This all shows that Europeans empowered Native Americans and made them

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