In the 1800s, the American government was struggling to rise in the world as a new nation. The leaders were eventually very successful, but along the way they were ruthless to all whom stood in their path. One obstacle that the Americans handed particularly poorly was their treatment of the Native Americans who owned the land prior to the European colonization of the new world. By learning about the atrocities done to the tribes such as the Cherokee, Lakota, and Nez Perce, the human race may refrain from such cruelty in the future. The Cherokee are one of the best known tribes of Native Americans due to the horrendous acts done against them.
However, if they do not convert, they will be killed and have all of their possessions destroyed. This formal demand demonstrates the ruthlessness and violence with which the Europeans were prepared to act in, should they not gain converts from the New World. The orders from this requirement negatively impacted the natives, as they would be killed for not choosing to completely change their beliefs and way of life. Because this requirement was written by the Spanish invaders themselves, it shows how ruthlessly they acted to enforce their religion. In Doc 9, an oral history of a Native chief, the author states how Chief Hatuey was sentenced to burn at a stake for planning an
The Aztecs didn’t easily accept the new religion since they have been following their religion for a very long time (document 3). Conquerors also threatened the natives. It was required that the natives accept the Church as the “Ruler”, and if they didn’t, war would be made against them and their family would become enslaved (document 7). The natives in America suffered severely during this time. In Latin America, the Spanish conquerors overworked the Indian natives and treated them harshly.
Though they may have been cruel to their enemies, the natives were very kind and friendly towards the English colonizers, as stated in Document One. When they first saw the English praying, however, they began to laugh. Many believe this to be the main cause of the end of English efforts to convert the Native Americans to Christianity. Whether they were Christians or not, the government saw natives as uncivilized until they conformed to English culture. After they began to become "civilized," the government saw them as their friends.
Why Columbus is a Villain Columbus is the basic definition of evil since he ended up achieving all of his goals. Which were introducing new foods and animals to the Western World and bringing gold, but he only managed to obtain this through the most crude way possible. To bring further notice to his wickedness Columbus should be considered a villain because of his involvement in killing off all the natives and how he thinks of them as mindless slaves that are here on this earth to make their lives easier. To commence, Christopher Columbus should be considered a villain because of his involvement in killing off all the natives. It is not a case of whether or not he was murdering a malevolent tribe, it is a dilemma that was caused when he fooled the natives into thinking he was a friend and that he was here to give them guidance.
The nineteenth century for Latin America became plagued with repeated violence due to acts of rebellion in attempts for the folk to regain autonomy over their own lives. After gaining independence from the Spanish crown the folk wanted to keep their culture and tribal lands, much as the Spanish had allowed them to. However, the Creole elites planned to force the folk into living to commodity-based existences. With the confiscation of indigenous land large quantities of the folk were forced to move into the cities in search of jobs, despite the Europeanization, folk culture prevailed in the
This angered the colonist since many died fighting for that land. The Crown created this line to prevent further fighting with between the Indians and the English settlers. The colonist took this as another sign that the crown cared more about the Indians than the colonist. A small group of colonist saw this and acted in anger. They became known as the Paxton Boys, unprovoked, they raided a small Christian Indian village and killed about half a dozen Indians.
A possible consequence of this attitude is violence and harsh relations the Virginians had with the Native Americans. While the Virginians were focused of making a profit of the land, the New England Puritans saw it as a refuge. The New England Puritans sought religious freedom for themselves in the “New World.” They compared themselves a lot to the Israelites and saw the new land as a “Promised Land.” Their attitude towards the land was that of respect, but they believed God wanted them to “use” the land. In their point of view, the Native Americans were living in the wilderness and not pleasing God. This produced tension with the Natives because Puritans would often expect the Natives to leave the land that they wanted.
Andrew Jackson is guilty of crimes against humanity because of his harsh treatment towards the natives and belief in equality for white men. When Jackson was being questioned by the Prosecution, it was established that he used fear to make the Natives Americans sign treaties that pushed them west. When the Native Americans wanted to negotiate these treaties they were either ignored or assaulted. Osceola explained that when he was going over for peace talks, the army captured and killed him. He also said that “Jackson called us his children but didn’t actually treat us like children.” By killing one of his “children” this supports that Jackson didn’t actually care about the well being of the Indians.
The natives were being forced into working without pay, they were being controlled, and even killed for not meeting deadlines. The Europeans took their land for resources, markets, power, and money, without considering the Africans needs at all. These conditions are not comparable to those of Caliban and Ariel in The Tempest. Prospero did not want power or money, or even to be on the island on the first place. He treated Caliban fairly, until he tried to rape Miranda.