Effects Of American Imperialism On Indians

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Before the European Colonists came to the Eastern seaboard, the Native Americans lived among themselves and fought each other for territory. When the Europeans landed and started building homes; land and resources became scarce for the Indians causing a rift between the two groups. The Europeans “Puritans” had an entirely different view on living life than the Indians did. Furthermore, the way the Indians were treated by the European settlers was wrong and inhumane. The Europeans wanted control and land and cared little for the natives taking what is rightly theirs from them.
When the Europeans first landed and had a first-hand look at the natives already living here, they saw them to be not modern people but seen as one with nature. The
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They would try to force their religion and their way of living on the Indians, like Franciscan. His mission was to convert the Pueblo Indians to Christianity. The Pueblos originally accepted the conversion seeing the advantage of the alliance, gaining more crops and protection from nomadic war. Everyone knows that alliances don’t last long in a time of war, same is said for these two groups when a drought hit the village. There was a crop shortage and many disagreements, the Sharman Pope wanted them to convert back from Christianity, with reverse baptism. This causes a rebellion, which destroys eight decades of colonial work making this revolt the greatest setback natives ever inflicted on European expansion in North America (Taylor, 89). The rebellion left an impact on Spanish settlers and the Pueblo Indians, teaching both groups to compromise. They ended up living as a sustained colony depending on each …show more content…
For instance, the Pequot and the Connecticut colonist, they always had a rocky relationship between the two groups. There was little trust between them and their fur trade was not a solid one. They blamed each other for everything and the fighting got to the point the English colonist decided to go to war. May of 1637, Connecticut colonist alliance themselves with the Plymouth and Massachusetts colonies and talked the Mohegan and Narraganset Indian tribes into fighting with them against the Pequot Indians. The attack occurred at day break, the warriors and soldiers snuck deep into Pequot territory and set their main camp ablaze. Those who escaped the fire ran right into a gun firing squad in the woods. They ended up killing the village, those not in the village or out hunting were hunted, captured and killed throughout the rest of the year. The Pequot clan debilitated at the end of this war. The colonist model of war shocked the Narragansett and Mohegan’s, they went into that battle believing they would capture and adopt the women and children. Instead the colonist go into the village blazing, believing their god wanted them to fight this war in a mode of “too furious and slays too many people,” (Taylor,

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