Englishmen and women from centuries ago had very different characteristics and mindsets from both you and I. Being strict believers of God, they ran interesting thought processes in their head that can be very difficult to understand unless one takes the time and effort to learn about the difference between these two time periods and then attempt to think as one who lived 600 years ago. There are two documents being Christopher Columbus’ letter back to the king and queen of England describing the natives and Mary Rowlandson’s story of captivity during King Philip’s war. They will help in learning these two types of mindsets as well as some differences that 200 years can bring. Many factors such as gender and time-frame play a major role in
In his book, Andres Resendez tries to unearth the harsh treatment of Native American Slavery. He argues that it is a big part neglected in our history, seeing as what you hear the majority of time is an in depth study of African American societies and just a quick gloss over Indian ones. In his book, Andres utilizes many excerpts and retells the TRUE story of Native American enslavement. One part of the book, goes on to explain how a Californian Captain managed to enslave hundreds of slaves and establish Indian Slave plantations and horrific conditions. “American schoolchildren are taught that smallpox was the epidemic that gutted Native American populations after exposure to Europeans; an illness to which they had no immunity ravaged
In Western stories, Native people are illustrated as antagonists and are never seen as the main characters. Native people are the other side of the so-called frontier, where wildness, savagery and chaos are met. Western stories do not represent native people fairly. The typical archetype of American Indians in western stories has influenced and created stereotypes about Native people that still remain in nowadays society. In the story of Louis L’Amour, “The Gift of Cochise”, Native people, also called ‘the other’, are represented more fairly compared to typical Westerns which portray them as non-civilized and savage.
Honestly what is loyalty? One can’t even begin to define such a word. It’s one single seven letter word yet, it has a deep profound definition. Typically one does not use loyalty until they are put to the test. The test can be anything, like staying loyal to the patriots or staying loyal to your best friend.
Benjamin Franklin’s essay, “Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America,” depicts the Native Americans as civilized people, but many dub them as “savages.” Franklin discreetly describes the Indians as civilized, polite, peaceful people; while, the white people are really the uncivilized slavish people. The essay contrasts the way most general white people diminish the lives and nature of the Native Americans. Based on feelings of superiority, the whites believe to be a more “perfection of civility,” believing that they are more civilized then the Indians. Franklin’s essay states, “Savages we call them, because their manners differ from ours, which we think the perfection of civility,” the whites think of themselves in a higher esteem then the Indians.
Jane Tompkins is an exquisite author of numerous books and articles, specifically, “ ‘Indians’: Textualism, Morality, and the Problem of History”. Throughout this article, it is evident that Tompkins declares how history on the topic of European-Indian relation [ in the seventeenth and eighteenth century ] is factually different amongst separate historical writers. Studying and analyzing opinionated works of a great deal of writers, Tompkins found it hard to determine who is to hold accountable for factual and/or inaccurate statements. Based on various prejudice opinions, one can grasp the concept of this history different from another and Tompkins proves this occurrence on multiple occasions during her article. After researching the writers
In The Great Indian debate, there were two debaters, Mary Rowlandson and Benjamin Franklin. These two people had polar opposite views on the native population in puritan american. Mary Rowlandson was captured and held by native americans for close to eleven weeks during King Phillip’s war. Mary R. published a book titled The Sovereignty and Goodness of God: Being a Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, six years after she was released. In her writings she describes how she was captured and her children 's life as well as her own during her captivity.
In this vivid narrative, Rowlandson inadvertently contradicts herself in many parts of her story. The striking irony of these contradictions helps the reader understand that there is much more to this story than a white settler attempting to survive in the Indian culture. Time after again Rowlandson judges the natives by calling them “black creatures
Most likely, one has heard about the story of Pocahontas and John Smith. However, John Smith was not as loving and kind as he was portrayed. In the letter Address to Captain Smith, the speaker, Chief Powhatan, Pocahontas’ father, takes a condescending tone and addresses to the English settlers, especially John Smith, how the chief’s generous hospitality has not been appreciated. Literary devices such as rhetorical questions, antithesis, and repetition, diction, and pathos and ethos are exercised by Chief Powhatan to address his purpose and produce it as impactful as fully possible.
Jamestown was repeating cycle of death, it started May 14th, 1607 when colonists set sail from England to Anchor in Chesapeake Bay. The Colonists came to Jamestown in search of possible riches and to convert natives to Christianity. however, within the first 6 months 70 of the 110 original colonists had died, due to water supply/drought, bad planning, and relations with the natives. Further water supply and Jamestown wasn't very good leader leading to major droughts.
Juan de Solorzano y Pereyra says that the Indians practiced savage customs or they attempted to commit treason against the Spanish people. Bartolome de Las Casas says that the Indians were gentle sheep and the Spaniards rushed in like a bunch of starving wolves, tigers and lions ready to devour. The Spaniards slew the Indians as if their lives did not matter what so ever. All of this happened throughout Cuba, Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Mexico (Hispaniola). Juan Gines de Sepulveda Sepulveda said that the Indians are a savage and cruel race and that the Spanish are a superior race that is why the Indians should be treated as if they are inferior.
Native Americans are known to be the nation's invisible minority and it is extremely disturbing in our American society. Native Americans have a hard time finding an identity and voice in our nation, and there is little attention given to them. This is ironic because Native Americans were the first people to live in the American continents. The Europeans came to America and burned down their villages and lands and tried to enslave them. Millions of Native American were killed by Europeans.