The European explorers, settlers and missionaries did not see native beliefs as a religion. Most of the beliefs and traditions of natives were condemned and regarded as pagan by them. These spiritual traditions were the important elements which bound the natives together. It was their strength. Realizing this, Europeans tried to convert them to Christianity, even from the beginning of colonial invasion.
In the 16th Century, Spain became one of the European forces to reckon with. To expand even further globally, Spanish conquistadors were sent abroad to discover lands, riches, and North America and its civilizations. When the Spanish and Native American groups met one another, they judged each other, as they were both unfamiliar with the people that stood before them. The Native American and Spanish views and opinions of one another are more similar than different because when meeting and getting to know each other, neither the Spaniards nor the Native Americans saw the other group of people as human. Both groups of people thought of one another as barbaric monsters and were confused and amazed by each other’s cultures.
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
As has been noted, the Spanish conquistadors wanted gold and exorbitant commodities. They did not conquer far lands to learn about their culture, religion, or advancements, but for their own greed. Another improvement they would boast was not only new items and products to trade, but untried trading ports and routes and new territory to trade and acquire even more materials. Spain also wanted more and more land. They wanted to secure more territory than Portugal and to demonstrate their superiority through their fief.
If Kathleen, or any of the Godfrey’s were to visit New Mexico they would see reservations as a justice because they were not deserving of an existence as the ancient people. Natives would righteously be put away from society because they were not as peaceful or civilized. Or Natives would need be assimilated until they were more like the ancient people, or more American. Tom’s stories leave a big mess for Natives to clear up. Because of stories like his, they need to vindicate themselves from falsehoods of savagery found in his story.
The Spanish saw the natives as inferior and In need of Christianity. The settlers mistreated the natives even though the laws back in Spain declared justice in dealing with the natives. 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
Both of these people committed these atrocities in the name of Spain and their country. In order to discover riches and find new flourishing land for the taking. These expeditions did affect their pocket book, giving them treasure from exploring and demolishing the Aztecs and Incas. This certainly impacted the Americas, as there isn’t an Aztec or Inca empire anymore. They came upon the indigenous people with
Further, it is later implied that though Beowulf is an instrument of God in doing this deed, “he is not entitled to enjoy Christian salvation,” since he was motivated by revenge and not salvation, as the former was what drove many non-Christian Scandinavians (Cain). Cain also remarked that the coming of Christianity to the Anglo-Saxons in the
I write to you from New Spain and all of its wonder. I enjoyed reading your last letter, though it did take awhile to get to me. This new world is both marvelous and horrifying at the same time. It appears to have no affect on Don Cortes. Though it is believed he has his mind only on the gold of the people nearby known as the Aztecs with their leader Montezuma.
They were also infected by the diseases that the Spaniards were immune to. 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
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.” They main concern was acquire more land without the treat that Native Americans made, for that reason, the only way to establish themselves was treating Amerindians as objects, not humans. Tituba is a clear example of the