Essay on Indigenous People 's Affected During Colonization

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Indigenous people’s lives tended to be adversely affected during colonization (Klaus et al., 2009; Larsen, 1987; Larsen, 1994; Larsen et al., 2001; Wright, 2014). During expansion, locals were treated to racial discrimination, inequality, and a loss to their customary way of life (Klaus et al., 2009; Larsen, 1994; Larsen et al., 2001; Schrader, 2012; Wright, 2014). Before expansion took place, many indigenous inhabitants lived in smaller groups (Larsen et al., 2001). However, after colonial conquest transpired, a majority of natives was forced into closer contact with one another, as well as their conquerors, which created a higher population density. These new living arrangements helped promote the spread of disease, along with the loss of individual cultural identities from resettlement (Larsen et al., 2001:75).
These destructive impacts brought by colonial expansion have been well documented in regards to skeletal remains in the Americas (Klaus et al., 2009; Larsen et al., 2001). Bioarchaeologists researching colonial impacts of indigenous people were able to substantiate the use of forced labor during Spanish expansion in the New World (Larsen, 1994; Larsen et al., 2001; Wright, 2014). One of the ways their lives altered included changes to their diets, due to poorer quality of foods made available for them (Larsen et al., 2001; Schrader, 2012:60; Wright, 2014). Natives were also forced to increase their workload since the Americas held no beasts of burden. It…

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