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.
The Europeans were notorious for invading foreign lands and finding the natives inferior to their ways, usual because the natives weren’t living like the Europeans. The Native Americans were no exception, the Europeans once found the natives tractable and peaceful. However, they knew little about the natives and took their peaceful nature as weakness. Furthermore, the Europeans thought the natives were inferior was because of their way of life, their religion and the color of their skin. The Europeans cared little about the Native American way of life, they only cared about exploiting the resources of the Natives home; this meant both natural and human.
They didn't understand their ways. Because the Indian's didn't behave like the settlers, they were labeled savages. The Native Indians were the first people in the U.S. and their way of life was looked down upon. However, in captivity, Rowlandson learned that these people were hospitable and resourceful. There were hopes that maybe her "observations, [which is] acknowledging the humanity of the Indians, were possibilities for the English to understand, even empathized with, the people they were dispossessing"(Takaki 44).
This travel became known as the “trails of tears”. These Native Americans were not how white settlement described them. Many of the tribes adopted Euro-american practices and created their own communities with schools and churches, even developed their own languages and created bilingual newspapers. These tribes were more civilized then we are lead to believe. White Americans loathed the Indians because they were “undeserving” of the fertile land they had.
However, many of the settlers focused a bit too much on the "find gold" part of their orders (being the most important part of course) because of this, few colonists focused on gathering food, leading to a lack of food for the colony to sustain itself. To combat this, Smith established a simple "tough love" policy, in simple terms, if you did not work, you did not eat. Smith also made trade agreements with the tribes under the leadership of Chief Powhatan. The colonists offered glass and metal goods to the Indians in exchange for food for the colony. Thanks to the actions of John Smith, things were looking great for the colony, however, "his (Smith's) strict leadership made enemies within and without the fort, and a mysterious gunpowder explosion badly injured him and sent him back to England in October 1609."
I believe that the Indian Removal Act is a step in the wrong direction because we were not treating the Native Americans like human beings, it went against the constitution, and jackson wanted to build a wall to separate. We the Americans treated the Native Americans as if they were animals. Others might says that they were in our land or that we wanted it because the gold there was our gold not their gold. Truth is they did not want it for the gold they wanted it because that is where there ancestors died and are buried there. They were living there so we can 't just tell people that they can not live somewhere and rip them out of their land and
In Coming of Age in the Dawnland by Charles C. Mann, in this story, it talks about the differences between the Europeans and Native Americans, and the differences between the multiple Native American tribes. Also in The General History of Virginia by John Smith, in this story the sailors and the Native Americans have many conflicts about the changes that the Europeans impose on the Native Americans lives. This causes violence and war among the Natives and Europeans. The Europeans changed the Americas, the day they discovered them.
Positive rights as Native Americans, I would personally say they weren 't very many. Now the country has indeed equaled out a lot of the problems from back then. The bad thing about having your citizenship is that they simply will never have the lands they once owned back. Having their residency in the United States in my own way of thinking was just a cover up for all the damage they have done. If you look at the current days some Native American Indian tribes get food stamps and some type of income from casinos.
The puritans did not believe in aristocracy, the thought that if God gave people power and wealth then they deserve that wealth and should be able to enjoy it, but someone born into the power and wealth was not given it by God, so they do not deserve to have it. If God did give the child who was born into wealth the ability to lead, then that child would be able to stay. But the child is not guaranteed to be able to stay in a position of power just because their parents were (Fischer 178). The puritans believed that God gave them certain abilities, and no matter what class you were born in, you had
The communication would have eased trading, so that the natives would not be tricked into selling their land and belongings for cheap trinkets and alcohol. This would have eased tensions further down the road, when Americans wanted to spread west onto land owned by Native Americans and the Indians had learned not to trust the white man’s trades. It would have cooled the fires of war when Tecumseh gathered his army, or on the Little Bighorn as the Sioux rebelled against harsh reservation laws set by the government. Having a common language would have given the natives and the foreigners a basis from which to work at the start, without tricks or
When the Europeans first came to the new world the natives assigned areas of the land for themselves for hunting and farming, also assigning plots of land for new settlers to live in for a short period of time, but also letting some land free for anybodies use . The Natives believed that you cannot own land but that you can own the right to use the land. The Natives saw the land as a resource for anybody to use where the Europeans saw land as something to be bought and owned. The Europeans had always been involved in trade routes, but the Natives were more into gift giving. The Europeans also cared more about wealth and goods than the Natives.
If I was a Native American when the Europeans arrived I was be cautious but also curious. I had no idea that their arrival would eventually disrupt our way of life. Besides these settlers were helpless in that they couldn 't even survive the long winter on their own. However land became the main problem among us. Settler wanted more land for farming and mining.
The government might have a different perspective and vantage point. They viewed a group of people that they couldn’t control, therefore, they tore the Native Americans down slowly. They probably felt like this benefited the Native American people because they’ll be more like them. They wanted the Indians to be more modernized and like other citizens. However, this wasn’t a wise or fair way to do this.