In one instance, the British settlers purposefully infected an entire large native tribe with small-pox so that they could conquer the land of the natives (Burch). Native Americans were devastating negatively impacted by the imperial relationship between Britain and the
- “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. - Spanish did erect a colossal empire, sprawling from California and Florida to Tierra del Fuego. - Spanish would fuse with the Indians, as to the English would shun
The author gives insight on how many ways the Spaniards used their power to assist in the downfall of the Aztecs. The reason why the Spaniards became victorious, was because the Spaniards were looked upon as if they were gods because of their outer appearance. The Aztecs broke bread and welcomed the Spaniards with gifts and parties. The Aztecs triggered their relationship with the Spaniards by holding a ritual for the arrival of the god which included a human sacrifice. The Spaniards didn’t agree with the rituals and began to despise the Aztecs.
Spain forced Natives to carry them on their backs. Many natives were killed as a result of weapon testing. (Bartolome de las Casas) This shows that the Spaniards became cruel and treated others like objects as they gained power. The Columbian exchange brought severe segregation that still lives today and some
He claims that Indians had had a negative experience with the Europeans even before the Pilgrims arrived. In fact, Indians attacked them with arrows that belonged to the other travelers from the Old World, notorious for ruining Indians’ homes and selling the locals into slavery. Another reason for the outrage of Indians were the diseases that they were not immune to. Smallpox, for example, killed a great part of the local population. Axtell then described how the natives joined and copied the whites’ way of life.
Recently a new trend has been spreading throughout grocery stores, Pizarro flavored pizarolls, these are specially made in spain and shipped to Peru where they are considered to be destroying Peruvian cuisine and blamed for the growth in spanish culinary influence in the region. But all jokes aside Francisco Pizarro has performed some of the most horrific acts in South American history, born in Trujillo Spain to a poor mother and little education growing up illiterate. Francisco Pizarro was responsible for the demise of the Incan Empire, he claimed their land for the Spanish. Pizarro was a man of many accomplishments, they may not be good or nice, however they are still accomplishments, such as settling the first spanish settlement in Peru in the year 1532. Without the actions of Francisco Pizarro Spanish influence on South America would not be as strong.
Back in the 1400s, if you weren’t a Christian, it meant you were against them. So when Pizarro saw Atahualpa`s reject the holy book and throw it to the ground, Pizarro used that as the reason to start the attack because that meant they rejected Christianity and Pizarro did not like that. You only had one choice, Christianity or Death. In the Incan Empire, the Spanish destroyed a culture because they rejected Christianity and to save himself from death, the ruler gave them all the gold and silver from his land. The ruler had later refused to convert to Christianity completely and the Spanish killed him for this.
Starting with the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492, the spread of European diseases such as smallpox, measles, bubonic plague, and influenza began to occur. While European explorers were immune to such afflictions due to generations of exposure, the natives had never encountered them and therefore died in droves. These diseases also sparked the Inca Civil War, since Sapa Inca Huayna Capac died of smallpox before he could name his heir. The struggle for power between Atahualpa and Huáscar resulted in a divided and therefore weakened empire, since many of the Incas remained loyal to Huáscar even after his defeat.
Conquest and forced labor caused the native population to significantly decline. After the Native Population had suffered heavy losses, the Spanish were forced to look for slaves elsewhere. Both of these examples illustrate a few of the effects that Europeans had on Native
Military mistakes, natural disasters, these are just a couple of ways Rome began to fall. Rome was falling, the reasons why are natural disaster and diseases, military mistakes, and foreign invasions. Natural disaster and diseases were one of many reasons Rome began to fall. This is the most biggest cause of the falling because “The Roman world was shaken by a violent and destructive earthquake.” (Document F) This shows how natural disasters affected Rome. Diseases on the other hand “Decimated the population.” (Document F) Military mistakes had a role in Rome falling as well.