Essay about Colonization Of The Early American South

1470 Words Sep 22nd, 2014 6 Pages
Colonization in the early American south was developed through a deeply rooted and complex system of cultural relations. Although often thought of as simple, the colonization of what would eventually become the United States south, was an elaborate and intricate process like that of any other region. The true impact of many of the cultures involved have gone unrecognized. However, it was these unrecognized groups whose societies, choices, and interactions laid the ground work for economic and social progression in the colonization of the early south. Not commonly known is the fact that there were numerous culture groups of the early south, including countless Native American tribes and nations, European colonists from France and England and Spain, as well as eclectic African slaves.
In the early 1730’s the Native American population was estimated to be around 30,000 in the lower Mississippi Valley alone, making the Native American’s the largest culture group of the south. The daily life of a Native American consisted of either hunting game, or producing and tending to agriculture, as well as crafting goods which would later be used for trade or annual gifts to fellow tribes or settlers.
Native American contact with early French colonists began with relatively positive trade relations. The small population of settlers did not encroach on to Native American territory and the presence of the French colonists did not disturb the regions local tribes. Settlers relied on the…

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