Th the saga of Spanish conquest not only reveals a story of defeat, exploitation and control it also tells a story of the “negotiation of culture,” between the Spanish and the indigenous people of Spanish America. It is a saga where the fusion of the old was brought together with the new. The friction experienced by many indigenous people, as well as Africans, refused at times to accept the ideas that the Spanish were imposing. In the end the end the strong hand of Europe was able to conquer these people, but not entirely. In on in which there remained after conquest resistance, accommodation and negotiation of cultures.
Adversity breaks one down until they can be broken no more, and although adversity has a negative connotation, overcoming adversity can make one stronger, turning it into a positive. When America was discovered and colonized, the indigenous peoples faced real hardships. Americans disliked anything that wasn’t European culture so they tried to eliminate tribal identities and assimilate the Native Americans into their culture. They outlawed certain Indian rituals such as the Ghost Dance and forced Indian children to speak English instead of their native languages. The constitution did not outline specific details for relations with Natives, so as America grew older, the government was left to deal with the Indians however they pleased.
One of the consequences of Manifest Destiny was the Mexican-American War. Following the ideology of Manifest Destiny, Texas was annexed into the United States in 1845, creating tensions with the Mexican government. While the annexation of Texas had great benefits for America, from the Mexican point of view it caused many issues legally and threatened national security (Document C). In pursuit of the grand ambitions of Manifest Destiny, President Polk and many Americans forgot to consider the consequences of achieving their ultimate goal of controlling the whole of North America. While before the United States had supported the independent countries, such as Mexico, that had broken free of Spanish rule, during this time period America lost sight of their ideals and made
European conquest during the colonial period greatly affected the indigenous and slave populations, generally decreasing their quality of life while exploiting them for personal gain. To begin, the indigenous people experienced forced assimilation to European culture and destruction of their culture. Many populations practices their own religion separate from European beliefs. Yet, upon the arrival of the Europeans, their way of life was destroyed. Amongst the Aztecs, the Spanish deceived them with their own culture, convincing them to believe Hernan Cortez was their sun God.
Anglo Americans came to Texas because Mexicans were too scared to deal with native Americans. They came in 1820 to come to Texas only. The foreigners became Catholic if they were not, willing to become Spanish citizens in return for land . Spain expected the new settlers to increase development and help the aggressive and mobile Plains Indians such as the Comanches and
The Aztecs made sacrifice the main purpose of life of these people. Even though they had well executed plans to capture as many people for sacrifice it was no way to treat a person. Also, historians rarely talk about the ulterior motives of the rulers of the Aztec empire and where or not the sacrifices were just for the keeping the gods at ease. One "possible explanation is demographic. If central Mexico was as densely populated as we believe, then the sacrifices may have been a kind of population control (Doc F)."
If the laws were so important, why Mexico enforce the laws as soon the Texians moved into their newly purchased land. If the Texians moved into a place where the laws were enforced, they would of moved earlier because they wouldn’t have established a life there. But since the laws were enforced later, they couldn’t move because they had already established a living. Not only is the Texan's treatment important, but Mexico’s behavior to America plays a key role in showing that the war is
Europeans were desperate to get lands from Asia. They didn’t just went to Asia, They almost went all around the world like Africa, and North America. Europeans when they go and conquer the land They tell the people other, either you follow our rules or you will be kicked out of here. “Global warming is not a conqueror to kneel before, but it’s a challenge to rise to. A challenge
A chance to have their own identity and not always be influence by the superiors, but that was not the case, they became blindsided by the promises they wanted to hear. However Britain and the United States were not always horrible. The United States introduce education to the Philippines and help with their trade by offering land for their agriculture developments, and later on compromise on a freedom agreement. In spite of having a more complicated relationship with Britain, Boer settlers were driven by it and developed as a whole resulting in rapid industrialization. These three photographs illustrates just that.
However, these laws were worthless unless the Indians recognised the Church and the Christian faith and converted. When the Dominicans arrived to convert the native population in a gentler way, they were horrified with how great the practice of abuses was. They began to argue that the Spaniards own salvation would be in peril if they did not change their ways. Pope Paul III even issued a papal bull on 9 June 1537 condemning the actions of the settlers but “even the promulgation of so powerful a text was incapable of changing reality, because the economic interests of the colonists were so powerful”, (Peter J Riga) highlighting that words are rarely effective when it comes to combating wealth and greed. One cannot help but ask how did the settlers have the right to occupy lands that original belonged to the Indians let alone conduct war there?
Las Casas was finally convinced that all the actions of the Spanish in the New World had been illegal and that they constituted a great injustice. He made up his mind to give up his slaves and encomienda, and started to preach that other colonists should do the same. When his preaching met with resistance, he realized that he would have to go to Spain to fight there against the enslavement and abuse of the native people. Aided by Pedro de Córdoba and accompanied by Antonio de Montesinos, he left for Spain in September 1515, arriving in Seville in November same year. Las Casas`s work provoked heated debate in Spain and initiated reforms designed to bring greater “love and moderation” to Spanish-Indians relationships.
Due to the Missouri Compromise, new states in the North were automatically free states. The Northerns started to hate slavery and wanted to push other states to become free states. The South could not let this happen because their economy depending on slavery. Since the slave masters did not have to pay their workers, everything they sold was 100% profit to the South. If slavery was abolished, they’d have to find other ways to farm their plantations and would undoubtedly make less money.
“ Las Casas, the great defender of Indian rights, abhorred the encomienda system and called it “a mortal pestilence.” (Varcum 14). However, Columbus created the encomienda system and viewed it as successful. Many of the explorers’ missions were not to protect Indians rather it was to discover a way Spain could take over. In the end, these explorers’ findings of the New World were all beneficial for Spain in the colonization of the New World. The explorers took great risk in the encounters with the indigenous
Another reason the Mexican American War was justified was because Mexico could not govern Texas. John L. O’Sullivan said, “...Imbecile and distracted, Mexico nerve can exert any real government authority over such a country” (O’Sullivan 323) John is saying that Mexico can 't even exert an actual governing not even on it’s own people. He also says, “California will probably fall away from Mexico”(O’Sullivan 323) This shows that they can 't even take care of their own country and will probably keep losing land to the US. It was time for the annexation of Texas and welcome them into the “family” and be kind and cheerful to them. (O’Sullivan 323) This shows that we were willing and ready to welcome Texas to our country.