Native American Encounter

When looking at the past, the Europeans have always self- proclaimed that they discovered the Americas, but really it was the Native Americans who had been there all along. In the early centuries of the Americas’ founding for eastern civilization, the Native Americans were a piece that had to be overcome in order for conquistadors and empires to ascertain wealth and wealth glory, and then later spread the Catholic faith. The Indians faced head on the impact that this encounter had caused. The Natives faced rape, pillage, and murder because to the Europeans, they were an obstruction in their path to their desires even though the Native Americans helped the Europeans by teaching them what crops to grow, how to hunt, and the art of building shelters. …show more content…
The Black Death, a plague that killed many people in 14th century, had come to an end, and soon afterwards, the population of the Europeans started to rise. If the population rises, the demand for more items and good emerges, and thus somebody needs to meet that demand. There was a demand for exotic items and that meant finding routes to get to places like the Middle East because there was a variety of goods those people could get, and since there was a demand for that, there is development into shipbuilding because that is the best way to get to certain areas without paying fees crossing people’s land at the time. Once commerce and economies started to flourish, countries who were behind tried to find routes of their own, and Columbus was an adventurer that believed if one went west, they could hit China or India but instead he made it to the Americas. The funding that he received was from Spain because they were finally reunited, and that led to Europeans discovering the Native …show more content…
Portugal and Spain were at the forefront of the American exploration as they were the first people to be in the Americas, and their goal was simple: to enhance the power of their individual country and to spread Catholicism in the New World. The Spanish were indeed greedy because a conquistador’s interest was to boost their political status, but this tale of the Spanish being savages, known as the “Black Legend”, was not fully accurate. The British Empire that was established can arguably be described worse than the Spaniards because the British were enslaving mass amounts of African Americans. The Spanish, on the other hand, had more civility and that is what led to Spanish Empire lasting longer than the British. The “Black Legend” was created because, “nineteenth century Protestant Americans of English or Anglo- Saxon History who were convinced that Catholic land and peoples were tyrannous, lazy cruel, and semi barbaric.” This legend greatly undercuts the way the Spanish built the area because they had cultural achievements like building universities and had more generosity for the inhabitants in the Spanish

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