There are many reasons that the Europeans and the Native Americans didn’t get along. In the works that I have examined and read throughout this module, the relationship amongst these two groups had not been a good one from the beginning. The main reason for conflict between the Europeans and the Native Americans, it seems, was the Europeans greed and desire for land and power. The many cultural differences between the Europeans and the Natives also caused frequent clashes and rifts between the two groups that often led to destruction of land and people, and sometimes resulted in blood – shed, war or captivity. The Europeans not only wanted the Natives land when they arrived, but they also brought a sense of superiority and a string of diseases with them. These diseases are what would soon aid in wiping out most of the Natives tribes. …show more content…
Many Native American women held upstanding and high positions within their tribes and made very important decisions for the entire tribe within it. While the Natives valued women as warriors and decision makers, the Europeans did not view women as someone to be in a position of power. They instead chose to subject their women to bearing children and staying in the home. We can even see Mary Rowlandson, a woman herself, in her work The Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson look down on Weetamoo, a woman warrior with a high position and profile in her tribe. Though you could never tell from Rowlandson’s depiction of her that she held power and influence: A severe and proud dame she was, bestowing every day in dressing herself neat as much time as any of the gentry of the land: powdering her hair, and painting her face, going with necklaces, with jewels in her ears, and bracelets upon her hands. When she had dressed herself, her work was to make girdles of wampum and beads.
Before the Europeans ventured into what is now America, it was inhabited by many different tribes of Native Americans. These indigenous peoples' needs were minuscule compared to that of the Europeans as they only needed nature to provide them with sufficient food and materials for weapons, shelter, etc. Once the Europeans arrived, they introduced “firearms, iron, and brandy” and in turn for these items, the Native Americans would offer rich furs from their hunts (Tocqueville). However, as the needs of the Native Americans grew, their assets would substantially decrease. Because of the establishment of the European settlers within the Native American territory, the animals that inhabited the lands would “take fright” as they were put off by the loud noises of labor within the European settlements (Tocqueville). This caused entire Native American tribes to suffer as they could not hunt for sufficient food, pelts, furs, or materials, making them virtually unable to engage in trade with others. As a result, the Native Americans followed the tracks of the various animals in hopes to escape their fate of famine. The Native Americans were then presented with two choices, assimilate themselves with the European Society or preserve their way of life by engaging in war with the Europeans. However, the American Indians refused to conform to European customs, and did not possess the power to win a war against their enemy. The Native Americans were simply incompatible with the ever-changing civilization and were treated harshly by the Union and the States. The only people that seem to share in their misery are those from Africa.
Since the first arrival of colonists to America in 1607, disputes between the Native Americans and the colonist began arousing. In the years following the first arrival of the colonist, numerous outburst of war and treaties were made. Many of these treaties between the US and the natives were broken and by 1830, many Native American tribes found themselves being confined in reservations. During the second latter of the 19th century the US began to become industrialized and expand westward to fulfill the ultimate manifest destiny. The plains Indians, specifically found themselves begin affected by the various technologic developments and government action during the second half of the 19th century due to the completion of the trans continental railroad , gun invention, and broken treaties
Although white European settlers and the native Indians had existed moderately peaceful for around 40 years pressures rose in the mid-seventh century. Conflict arose due to decline in Indian territories, population, and their cultural integrity. These differences ultimately lead to conflicts in which collectively became known as King Philip’s War. What types of complaints did the Indians have against the settlers? How were the Indians expected to survive if the settlers kept taking their land? The primary sources in this collection of source documents touch upon on what each group (Indian or white settlers) did to survive: an excerpt from a narrative written by John Easton, a second hand account written by Thomas Church, a report written to the English leaders by Edward Randolph, a petition written by an Indian named William Nahton, and an excerpt of an account from a book written by Mary Rowlandson. These documents illustrate the main causes that sparked the war between the Native Indians and the white English settlers, narratives written by both sides to find peaceful solutions, and actual accounts of people who survived the conflict. The second hand account written about Benjamin Church’s meeting with the Indian group known as the Sakonnet Indians displays that the Indians knew their only chance of survival was to fight while the report written to English leaders by Randolph suggest that the settlers who viewed the Indians as uncivilized had ultimately forced the Indians
Women played a very important role in the life of Native Americans. They were more than just people in charge of the tribes, they were builders, warriors and crafts women's basically everything. Their strength was essential to the to the survival of the tribes. They were in charge of gathering materials to build everyone's homes.
On the summer days of June 25-26, 1876 the Battle of the Little Bighorn took place in the southeastern area of the Montana territory. The battlefield is very close to the Little Bighorn River itself, in what is now present day Big Horn County, Montana. The adversaries in this battle were the U.S. Army’s 7th Cavalry, commanded by General George A. Custer against the Indian tribes of the Northern Cheyenne, Lakota Sioux, and Arapaho under the leadership of Sitting Bull.
The relationship between the Europeans (colonists) and the Native Americans (Indians) led to a sad story. In the 1600's however some of these relationships weren't horrible and could be said to even be healthy relationships. The colonists could have had peace as it seemed in the early 17th century, but as time progressed and the colonists increased in numbers this possibility faded. The colonists and the Indians were able to live with one another even though they came from different worlds.
The European colonist and Native American relationship are complicated, problematic and difficult for both groups. The Natives they have to accept the fact they are not living by themselves anymore. They bear to recognize there is another menace to their existence. While the Europeans have to understand they are not alone on this continent, they have company. They have to understand that they have competition for survival in this young country. Both groups have a great deal to learn about each other, and want dominance in the
When comparing the roles of American Indian women to that of female colonists, one can see major distinctions. The first thing that is abundantly clear is that American Indian women had much more power and independence than the female colonists. Female colonists were rarely allowed to do things without the approval of their male counterparts; whereas, American Indian women often had complete control in their villages/tribes. Male colonists believed that the native women had too much leverage and authority among their tribes because they were allowed to do things that the female colonists were not, including having roles such as politicians, physicians, chiefs, and warriors. Colonial women were almost forbidden to ever take part in such lifestyles
Since columbus first arrived in the Americas in 1492, until present day, conflict between Europeans and native americans has always been an issue. However, there were four specific groups of people that were dealing with these issues during the first Europeans migrations west. They were; the Spanish, the Virginians, the New Englanders, and Pennsylvania. The Native Americans constantly were being pushed out of their homelands, and told they did not own it. The Europeans who came over to the Americas often felt very entitled to all of the land they felt they wanted.
A brief comparison of various encounters between several Native American nations and European settlers of various periods will demonstrate the series of fundamental factors that had an impact of the relationships between the various groups. There was however, one universal characteristic among the Europeans which was that "all Europeans of whatever social origin considered themselves superior to the Native Americans" and this was reflected in their
It is well known that when a dog is backed into a corner it will lash out and bite the provoker. In the case of Native Americans and the settlers, the Natives are the dog, the settlers are the provokers are the corner is the land of North America. In the beginning the settlers came to North America uninvited and set up their new lives here, turned a blind eye to whether or not the Native Americans agreed to them settling there. Once they had their land set up, they then “flexed their settler muscles” and showed the Native Americans that it was their land now and started forcefully removing the natives from their land. What was the settler’s motivation? What could one assume about the settlers based on their actions?
Suspicion and hostility, branching from technological and cultural differences, as well as, mutual feelings of being superior, have infused relations between Native Americans and non-Natives in North America. Intertribal conflicts among the Indians, and nationalistic rivalries, lacking faith, and expansion desires on the part of non-natives worsened these tensions. The resulting white and native conflicts often took a particularly bad turn and resulted in the near destruction of the native people(Native American).
Prior to western expansion in the late 17th century, the Europeans practiced their own unique customs, traditions, and ways of life. Similarly, the natives of the Western world had their own set of beliefs and cultural values. When these two worlds meet, many ideas are exchanged among the different groups. However, going from a racially and ethnically separated world, to a world where these many cultures meet, was bound to create conflict. The Natives of each region of the Americas responded differently to the Europeans settling on their land. The actions taken by both the Natives and the Europeans had a large impact on the relationships between these
The Europeans did a lot of exploring of North America, before and after Columbus. They had some issues during their exploration, many of those issues came from the Native Americans and how they would deal with them. Professor McDonald, who is a History teacher, stated that, “The Europeans believed that the earth was here to exploit and profit from, and the Indians saw the earth as sacred place.” With these two major differences in ideology, conflict was inevitable. Now some of the major groups of Europeans that explored North America were the Vikings, the Spanish, the French, and the English; however, each group had a different approach on how they treated with the Native Americans during their exploration, and that treatment still has a resounding effect all Americans today.
What is more impressive is that women were able to defend themselves against attacks both psychological and physical attacks. Women that were given freedom and power were stronger and less susceptible to physical or emotional attacks. When women lost male leaders, they would become chieftains and able to successfully maintain large groups of people. “No people goes down until their women are weak and dishonored…” (Zinn page 104) The idea of a strong women was welcomed in the lives of native americans. they had lived this way for hundreds of years and they were successful. Pocahontas (Spoiled child) is one of a few example of women that had a big impact back when Europeans had almost no influence in the lives of women in the American Continent. Pocahontas proved that native americans where not all savages as many Europeans thought. Eventually Pocahontas became a symbol of peace and a bridge of two worlds. “No people goes down until their women are weak and dishonored…” (Zinn page 104) this was true because when the bridge between Pocahontas and the Europeans was broken the relationship between native americans and the Europeans started to go downhill. in a strange land with no food they started to die of starvation, leading to violence between the two groups.