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Native Americans: The Abuse Of The Indians

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The Indians were very poor. They existed for only one reason, to work. The Spaniards forced them to farm the land or work the mines. Indians worked from dawn to dusk. Abuse of the Indians was common. They beat, tortured and even murdered the Indians, plus sheer exhaustion took their toll on the native population. The Colonists brought diseases such as smallpox, measles, typhus, chicken pox, and mumps. The Indians had no resistance to these diseases. Millions of Indians died. The Colonists left the Indians to die by taking their food. Fewer and fewer Indians were left. The Spaniards were in a panic as to who would work their fields and mines. They would turn to the African slaves.
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