The Genide Of Native American Genocide To The Native Americans
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"The only good Indians I ever saw were dead." Those were the infamous words of General Philip H. Sheridan to a Comanche Chief named Toch-a-way when the chief introduced himself as “a good Indian.” General Sheridan wasn’t the first to see it that and way and he surely wasn’t the last. There is evidence to conclude that a genocide did in fact happen to the Native Americans. Native Americans also known as Indians have been persecuted and targeted from the day the first Europeans stepped foot on the Americas.
European expansion into North America – whether to find gold, escape religious persecution or start a new life – led to the destruction of Native American livelihoods. Disease was a major killer, followed by malnutrition. Colonists in search of gold staged violent ambushes on tribal villages, fueling animosity with Natives. Several wars broke out between tribes and American settlers which led to large death tolls, land dispossession, oppression and blatant racism. (Atrocities) When Christopher Columbus was searching for a direct route from Europe to Asia in 1492 he came across the Americas. He called the people he encountered there Indians because he believed that he was sailing the Indian Ocean. Although Columbus is praised as a glorious explorer of the new world he was also one of the early perpetrators of atrocities against Native Americans. The early eighteenth century brought about the beginning of extreme Native American persecution. As