Imperialism In Native Americans

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Of course, the Native American and English cultures repel. The Native Americans have a different perspective on Earth, captured in Pocahontas’ Colors of the Wind, property, and religion than the Europeans, focused on ownership, a product of imperialism. Moreover, English religion distorts colonial relations. Europeans decided that the Indians did not fit into the story of the Bible and, inherently, are not human. This misconception—and failed attempt to fit Native Americans into the European culture—provides a catalyst for English violence towards the Native populations. Even so, other Englishmen attempted to convert Indians and include the Natives into their culture though little success was made. For example, Pocahontas became a Native …show more content…
In the article, we read that later Native American children are “sent to boarding schools where they could be imbued… those cultural values deemed necessary to ‘civilization.’” The US Federal Government, a product of the Europeans, desire to change the ideals, the mindset, of the Native American children. This ethnocentricity, the mentality that our way is the only ‘civilized’ way, leads the English to call the Natives “savages.” Mindlessly, Frederick Jackson Turner states that the American frontier is “the meeting point between savagery and civilization,” a key quote that recognizes the apparent ethnocentricity of European, and American, cultures. Gaining the land and their perfect culture at the expense of the Native American way of life, the English colonies, and later the United States of America, benefit from this ideal of cultural perfection. The Europeans had an upper hand on the Natives: advanced weaponry and strong immunity. These advantages return great results especially regarding ethnocentricity. The strong forces of Europe with money and power easily overcome the Indians and, therefore, are allowed to be universally correct. In the end, Europeans gain from the frontier land, an important and sought-after entity from the ideals of imperialism, because they offer great advantages over the

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