Differences Between European Settlers And Native Americans

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The Native Americans believed in freedom for all people, and helped people in their times of need, no matter what, while the European settlers merely wanted freedom for themselves. The two group’s conflicting views of freedom led to many conflicts, and eventually, the eradication of the entire Native American culture. The Native American’s view of freedom conflicted heavily with the European settler’s view of freedom. The natives believed that every person should be free, while the settlers only wanted freedom for themselves. The Native Americans that occupied the American land before the European settlers had a very unprejudiced view of what freedom was. They believed that everybody deserved to be free, and treated all people with respect. They also protected those who needed, even the settlers who then treated them so harshly, by making sure they had enough food and water (Perspective Text). They were also willing to assimilate aspects of European culture into their own (Powerpoint). Many Native Americans converted to Christianity, which was the most common religion among the settlers. The differences between the Native Americans and …show more content…
The original settlers each had their own reasons for coming to America, most of them were to escape religious persecution. During this time, religion influenced every aspect of life for the settlers, so they attempted to convert the Native Americans to what they believed was right, Christianity, which worked to an extent, but eventually caused conflicts, many of them becoming deadly. The two groups also spoke very different languages, which made communication difficult. Eventually people from both sides began to be able to translate, but until then, miscommunications led to conflicts. The settlers may have wanted freedom, but not for anyone that was different from

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