The Consequences Of Globalization : The Impact Of Indigenous People And Their Environment

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The Age of Exploration lasted from the early 15th century until the early 17th century. In this 200 year span the West not only conquered a fair portion of the Americas, but experienced rapid technological change. The advent of guns, tools to aid navigation, and frequent use of germ warfare enabled European explorers to decimate native populations they encountered in their lust for riches. After all, the ocean-crossing travel undertaken by several countries was motivated by the desire for new goods and trade routes to support Europe’s burgeoning capitalism. Unfortunately, the indigenous populations of “newly discovered” lands would pay the price for the next five centuries of expansion. Indigenous peoples have suffered from the effects of globalization for centuries, and without any meaningful efforts to safeguard their cultures, languages and territories or give these populations adequate voice in our political systems, these communities are in critical danger of being wiped out. The consequences of globalization have particularly affected indigenous peoples even though they are not responsible for the degradation of their environments. This dissonance between actions and outcomes is highlighted by the two schools of thought that have separated indigenous peoples and their non-indigenous counterparts from the very beginning. Indigenous peoples usually share a belief that humans are a part of nature. They tend to respect their environment and attempt to live in sustainable
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