Colonial Showcase ft. Native Americans - page 1

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Colonial Showcase ft. Native Americans - page 1

Colonial Showcasefeaturing"Native Americans"By: Kidd OrionBy:  Kidd Orion

"Colonialism" is the policy of acquiring full or partial control over another country, occupying it with settlers, and exploiting it economically. Historically, that has often involved killing or crushing the indigenous population. A perfect example of this was the destructive impact of colonialism on Native Americans in North America. Native Americans were a people who confronted real problems and dramatic conflict when European explorers believed they had stumbled upon "the new world." In actuality, the new world was both old and home of millions of Native Americans. These Native Americans experienced chaos and death when they came into contact with Europeans. The tragic story of Squanto and his tribe, the Patuxets, vividly portrays what happened.

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Some say that the indigenous tribes of North America prospered from the arrival of European settlers. History however proves that this was not the case at all. Colonialism forever changed the lives and cultures of the Native Americans. Their populations were ravaged by disease, by warfare, and by displacement. Everywhere the explorers went, death followed. Over time, Native American beliefs and languages disappeared from common use.

Each Thanksgiving, Americans remember Squanto as the valued Indian friend who saved the suffering Pilgrims from starvation. But few know the ways in which Squanto's life reflected the disastrous collision of human beings occuring in the wake of Christopher Columus's discovery of America in 1492. While Squanto is best remembered for the assistance he gave the Pilgrims in providing for the necessities of life, as portrayed in Disneys 1994 adventure film, "Squanto: A Warriors Tale," his own life and death illustrates the tension and problems created by contact between Native Americans and European explorers.

"North America"The islands Columbus explored became known for all posterity as the West Indies. Its inhabitants were Indians.

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In their life and death struggle, Europeans and Indians drew upon long-accepted styles of waging combat. Europeans rationalized their acts of butchery by claiming that they were dealing with savages who were at best inhumanley cruel. Native Americans engaged in small scale wars with bows and arrows, knives and tomahawks. When possible, they would celebrate their victories by the taking of enemy scalps.


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