He led campaigns against the Creeks that lived in southern states in the Florida-campaigns that resulted in the loss of land for the natives. Hundreds of thousands of acres of land became white farmer owned. Although the theft of their land was unfair, most natives didn’t object or fight the White Americans. When the Native Americans would be stripped of their land, they would be put into “Indian colonization zone”, which, now in present day, is known as Oklahoma. When Andrew Jackson became president, he signed the Indian Removal Act, which gave the government the power to take native land and send the Native Americans to the “Indian colonization
In order to control even more the natives, another Indian Appropriation Act was passed in 1871. It said that Indian tribes were no longer seen as an indepedent nation but that all Indians were just individuals, like everyone. But also that they were "wards" of the federal government. This obviously made the natives less powerful, because as a tribe, they were numerous so they had more power and they could have treaties with the government. But with the act, it did not work anymore.
Prior to the discovery of the New World by Europeans, Native Americans populated what is presently North and South America in massive numbers; however, due to massive population loss, mainly caused by diseases introduced by Europeans and Africans, the Native Americans were unfortunately forced to live as inferiors to the Europeans. A major issue that faced native populations of the New World was the fact that the Europeans introduced foreign animals that carried diseases the natives had never seen before. Specifically in Mexico and Peru, the natives had alpacas and llamas in small and isolated groups, so diseases were not able to originate in them [McNeil 178]. On the other hand, the animals that the Europeans brought over, such as cattle,
Both the Virginian Indians and the English colonists had social classes, yet there was a tighter knit community among the Virginian Indians. The English colonists, on the other hand, are under the superiority of the Virginia Company who disregarded the colony's request for skilled workers, almost leaving the colonists under a death sentence. Rather than sending the requested persons, the Virginia Company sends more settlers, or simply more mouths to feed in the eyes of the
Benjamin W. Labaree’s article, The Atlantic Paradox, discusses in detail the results of Columbus’ contact, turning the great bridge of the Atlantic into a connection to the New World. The Columbian Exchange, which was the transfer of animal, plants, and diseases between the continents, also mixed cultures and ideas together as well. Even though American natives lost more than they gained when their western boundary failed them, they still benefited in some ways through trade, such as the use of Spanish horses to hunt buffalos, a much more effective way for the Plains Indians. The contact, however, triggered a decimation of Native populations, not necessarily from violence, but from a lack of immunity to European diseases. In this way, the Atlantic moat actually caused more harm than good for Native Americans, by being cut off from the rest of the world for so long, their immune systems could not defend themselves from the diseases that Europeans brought over with them.
At first, they wanted to be able to live in peace with the Native Americans because they needed their help to get food. They settlers were also outnumbered by the Native Americans, so fighting them would be pointless, for their fate would not be bright. Even though the settlers knew this, problems began to rise right away. The main conflict between the Native Americans and the European settlers was the idea they had in mind about the land. Because of these different thought processes, conflict between Native Americans and European settlers went on for hundreds of years.
Although European exploration lead to the findings of many natural resources, the treatment of the Native people living in the New World was horrible and does not justify it. Exploration began around1492, when Christopher Columbus “discovered” North America. His discovery, however, is not one of true meaning due to the fact that there were already 40 to 50 million natives living there already. Along with Columbus were many other European explorers that set out to find things such as god, gold, and glory. These macho explorers were greedy and ruthless.
More and more people started to move out west due to cheap land and entrepreneur opportunities, even though those territories were already populated by the Native Americans. There were countless confrontations between these two cultures, that either showed how they coexisted and fought each other. The constant fight probably caused the Native Americans to be close to extinction, because they fought for their right to stay on their land and not learn the culture of the
Ava Jones Even though Native Americans largely did not have writing, the wheel, or domesticated animals, (dogs being an exception) they did possess complex social structures and vast trade networks that spanned both Americas. There were many thriving cultures full of diversity, history, and culture, completely contrasting Turner’s interpretation of history. He does not recognize the genocide of these people or the pain that they continued to go through. Turner also snubs slavery as a necessary economic tool for building the country. It is clear that the theft of people from their homes is unethical on its own, but to then further enslave these people for their entire lives and treat them worse than livestock is an atrocity which must be acknowledged.
Europeans had travelled to the Americas with intentions of finding gold as well as convert the inhabitants to Christianity. Many Native Americans were not given a choice and were forced to convert to the new religion and give up their traditional beliefs which created many tensions between the Old and New World.John Mair“argued that some people were by nature slaves, and some by nature free (Watson 446).” Because the Native Americans were a less developed civilization, they lacked the power to protest the European invasion and were forced into slavery which further weakened their already existing society as they had to focus on simply surviving against the foreign invaders. But not all shared the view of Native Americans as backwards and uncivilized. “Using Aristotle as his guide, Las Casas examined the Indian from the physical and the moral standpoint, which marks his essay as perhaps the first exercise in comparative cultural anthropology.” He compared the political, social, and religious arrangements of European cultures with those of Native American tribes and determined that although they were different, they were not inferior. “He paid proper due to the quality of Aztec, Inca and Mayan art and observed their ability to assimilate European ideas and practices that they found
The Europeans came mostly in peace; however, the Native Americans saw the newcomers as a threat to their livelihood. Amoroleck, an Indian captured by the Europeans after a clash between the two, explained that the Native Americans attacked the settlers because they believed the settlers “were a people come from under the world, to take their world from them.” (Merrell 45) With early conflicts, neither party was coming out victorious with their losses out numbering their winnings between the Indians and Europeans. Eventually, the Native Americans would accept the Europeans and even live jointly, aiding one another whether it was determining the best hunting grounds, planting the right crops in the right area, or incorporating lifestyles by helping round up escaped slaves. The two parties learned to make the most out and how to benefit from each other. Merrell’s article proves the point that the lives of the Native Americans drastically changed just as the Europeans had.
When the Europeans arrived in North America, many changes came into the lives of indigenous peoples. These changes included things such as new weapons and horses, which made hunting easier, but Europeans also killed indigenous people, treated them as though they were less than human, and took their lands. These immoral things happened because of European desire for riches and glory. Because of this, the European impact on Native Americans should be seen as a moral question. Upon their arrival, Europeans saw indigenous people as heathens because of their religions and their difference in culture.