The Europeans believed that it was their job to convert the indigenous peoples to Christianity. They decided that the way to do this was to force them
Although Columbus’s perspective is a positive one, converting the natives is considered mistreatment because of the fact that they were converted by force. These poor people had to work the land in exchange for their original religion to be ripped from them. Bartolome de las Casas also brings up that the evil
This inhumane treatment led him to Spain to seek better treatment towards them. Las Casas sought better methods for Spanish conquest, with the support of the emperor, Charles V, he built a new colony that consisted of the Spaniards and the Indians, but his attempt failed. This failure didn’t stop Las Casas from doing religious services. In 1523, he moves to Santo Domingo where he produced his great
the Spanish saw the natives abundance of gold and that they were not Christian, and they felt justified in mistreating them because they thought they were helping them religiously
However, after the Spanish invasion of the Aztec Empire, many Aztecs converted to Christianity, abandoning their old religion and beliefs. Human sacrifice therefore became an unethical act. Those who converted to Christianity had to review their moral codes and their ideas of right and wrong because one rigid moral code had been replaced with another. If it is possible to do this, then surely ethics cannot be a permanent construct and so flexibility is
Tituba is the very expression of forced eradication of Native Americans’ culture, she was succumbed to exploitation and even traveled across the sea to a remote and cold regions like New England to become acquainted of the misfortune of being treated like a witch in that excruciating process by which many innocent lives were lost and where history consequently acquires as the process of the witches of Salem. Tituba exposes the rudeness of European to Native Americans, but most importantly the mistreat of people that differed from the ideals of the beliefs. People were not only abused but killed. The superiority perception of Europeans, changed throughout the years, but there is no denying that changes were only made because of convenience. “The colonial empires used native people as guides, trading partners, and allies in wars and for other purposes.”
Because of this, tribes lived in homes that suited their region like wigwams, long houses, igloos, and teepees ("Diversity of Native American Groups."). During class, we focused mostly on the Wampanoag tribe and learned about their homes, where they lived, climate and government. The Wampanoags were a body of 60 tribes living together. I can’t imagine how they managed to maintain peace over that large of a group! Their government was ruled mostly by men, as was the rest of the tribes’ (Patterson).
More authoritarian governments, such as monarchies, have been notorious throughout history for not being particularly fond of giving people such freedom. It is no secret that Christianity was the primary religion of the time during the 16th and 17th Centuries throughout the European subcontinent. The Spanish monarchy were dead set on spreading Christianity all throughout the “New World” Columbus discovered. This was one of the primary reasons that Columbus was able to accrue enough funds to take part in such an expedition. Bartolome las Casas mentions this theory of Christianization in his
He showed not on ounce of respect for the Native American people. This is why Columbus is a villain. General Summary of why stating there are __ reasons that will be discussed (History of religion prior to Columbus) After Columbus learned the religion of Native Americans they were threatened to either change their religion or to be annihilated. He forced
The Inquisition had been introduced by the Pope but was run by the monarchy, this meant the Inquisitors methods were seen as just and they did not need explanations as they were working to protect the “limpieza di sangre” as well as the union of the Spanish nation by ridding the population of the Jewish and Muslim believers (Thibault Freté - Religion, Violence and Peace 2010). Freté also states that, as religion was more powerful than politics during the fifteenth centaury due to the amount of Christians present at the time, the Inquisition made the perfect tool for controlling the Spanish population; by the use of “symbolic violence” and fear, the governing bodies created an environment of obedience where the people would act as the Inquisitor wanted them too. However, Freté counter states that the Inquisition was also occasionally peaceful; though, this was more due to the success of the Inquisition in creating an obedient
Michael Wang AP Euro, Period 4 Primary Source Analysis Assignment October 5th, 2016 Summary: Prior to the arrival of the European settlers, the indigenous people of the Americas were varied in culture and tradition and their population was around fifty million. However, once the Europeans arrived in 1492 with Christopher Columbus, the lives of the indigenous people were changed remarkably. The Europeans took advantage of the indigenous and used them as laborers to work cattle ranches, sugar plantations, and silver mines. The physical condition of the indigenous peoples worsened as they were fatigued from the labor and had little resistance to the diseases brought by the Europeans.
When Dogs Could Talk In this segment, Indians were the main inhibitors of the west. It is so interesting to me how the people in the west had so many stories and legends that would could be passed down for generations. Native Americans called the west home for thousands of years, and strived living in “uncivilized” communities. There is a stereotypical belief, at least I had, that all Native American tribes wouldn’t associate with different tribes.
Bartolome De Las Casas in the excerpt, A Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies, criticizes the tortures inflicted on the indigenous peoples of the West Indies. De Las Casas supports his claim by arguing that the native peoples of the New World are equally holy as Europeans; Native Americans are kind people waiting to be converted. The author’s purpose is to advocate for the indigenous peoples in order to convince the people of Spain that the Native Americans are kind, not savages, contradicatory to what Sepulveda wrote. The author writes in a knowledgable and a matter-of-fact tone for the educated Catholic people of Spain, whose only knowledge of the Native Americans are from Sepulveda’s book filled with fallacies.
French Exploration in the New World French Exploration began about forty years after Columbus sailed to the new world. They hoped to find a passageway that would get them to the east to trade, through America, Along with spreading Christianity with the natives and claiming land. The French found that Furs were a large thing on the trade market. So fur trading became a huge part in French History in America.