During this time period, Native Americans were being treated so poorly. They were very misunderstood, and white men didn 't even try to understand them. All they cared about was forcing the Indians off of "their" land. This is unfair in so many ways. One being that the Natives were actually there first.
In the beginning before America came to be, many things had to come into play but the main idea that helped develop the American Identity was Migration. The migration of people has helped create an American identity. During three periods of history significant changes happened that helped frame who Americans are.
When the Europeans began colonizing the New World, they had a problematic relationship with the Native Americans. The Europeans sought to control a land that the Natives inhabited all their lives. They came and decided to take whatever they wanted regardless of how it affected the Native Americans. They legislated several laws, such as the Indian Removal Act, to establish their authority. The Indian Removal Act had a negative impact on the Native Americans because they were driven away from their ancestral homes, forced to adopt a different lifestyle, and their journey westwards caused the deaths of many Native Americans.
In American history, many overlook the violence that occurred when New England colonists encountered the Native Americans. When the New England colonists arrived in Plymouth in the 1620s and interacted with the Native Americans, they lived in peace with each other for more than 50 years. The colonists instigated a war with the natives to gain more land from the Native Americans and resulted with a massacre. This resulted in colonialism affecting the lives of colonists and Native Americans because both experienced forming an alliance, enduring social change, and deaths.
From eight present-day states; Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, and South Carolina, more than forty thousand square miles, lived the largest Native American tribe in the United States. The Cherokee. The Cherokee were once a very powerful tribe, they had lived and hunted in a large area of land. Like many Native American tribes, the Cherokee had called themselves “the real people” or the “principal people”. In Cherokee, that word is Ani-Yun-wiya.
The people that inhabited Northern America before the colonists were the Native Americans. They welcomed the colonists with mix of kindness and eagerness to make contact with the world. That however, was offset by animosity based on the justified fear that the colonists were going to seize their lands. The Natives first attacked Virginia when it was just starting then did an about face and later saved the starving colony by gifting them bread, meat, fish, and corn. Unsurprisingly, the colonist’s urge to move westward intensified and they repaid the Natives by throwing them out of their homes, slaughtering and taking over their lands.
The colonists of Early Jamestown did not know what they were going to experience in the New World, and they were not prepared. This took place from 1607-1611. The colonists arrived in Chesapeake Bay in 1607. They had hopes to find new land. Sadly, out of the 500 colonists that arrived in Jamestown, 80% died.Just between 1609 and 1610, 110 settlers died from famine and disease. In 1607, there was only one surgeon for hundreds of men. Colonists died in early Jamestown because of three main problems. These problems were Starvation, Native American Relations, and Disease. Listen to how almost 350 settlers died in these five years full of hardships.
When the English colonists were boarding their ship, the Native Americans came “from the Hills, like Bears, with their bows in their mouths, [who] charged us very desperately in their faces, hurt Captain Gabriel Archer in both his hands, and a sailor in two places of the body very dangerous” (Jamestown:1607, The First Months; George Percy). The Native Americans were not very content with the presence of the English colonists on their lands, so they were attacked in order to keep them of their lands. Once the colony of Jamestown was established by the English the Native Americans raided the town for resources and in order to keep the colonists from pushing inland and have them return to where they came from. Even the meetings between the Native Americans did not end without violence and bloodshed as the two groups did not trust each other and were consistently armed with bows and arrows and other weapons. The English focused on building fortifications to defend their stock and keep Native Americans away from them and keep them from raiding their villages and resources such as their food, commodities, and building materials.
Even though colonists desired freedom, they felt that Native Americans had the wrong type of freedom. They thought they were too free and lacked the structure that civilization provided. Because of the multitude of Natives in America they had no choice but to live around them, but the treatment of the Natives between the French and the English were vastly different. The establishment of New France rested on their need of furs rather than agricultural settlements.
This pushed the natives back further and further until they were now a small minority with little to no room for
The speaker started with a strong voice and with a question that have gotten our attention, and it was as follows: “Have you ever wondered how did the first settlers live their daily lives, and arranged for the chores?” He had a strong body language, eye contact, smiling when appropriate, gesturing. He used his arms and legs, and was moving around, and gave us the impression of an early settler (his clothing was very similar to that time period). After the brief question introduction he continued to describe the landscape, the houses, the local animals. The description of the location was very vivid. He used a lot of gestures, and pointed toward a tree-line, and invited us to imagine the tree-line gone, and a field that extends to the horizon.
In 1840, most of Western American was untouched by settlers. A few Americans lived in either territory, and most were scattered among the Mexican settlers. However, when the 1840s came around and saw a increase in American settlers in the West. Oregon drew many settlers from the Mississippi with the promise of farmland. During the 1830s the church had moved into Oregon's Willamette Valley, and by 1840, there were about a few hundred Americans there.