Native Americans As Savages Essay

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Over the course of history, Native Americans have become interpreted as the subject of periphery by cause of the ill assumptions of how the Christians described them as “Savages”. In the works of Christopher Columbus, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, and Bartolomé de las Casas, the Natives characterized as positive views in such ways that they were as civilized as the Spaniards. However, negative contexts indicated that Indians created war and show no signs of respect. No matter the view, there will always be one fact for certain, that the Christians wanted the land for themselves; coming from a monarch in Spain in which evoked to show patterns of failure alike Roman Catholic Republics and also the Judeo-Christians which met the same fate. The …show more content…
Columbus, after numerous attempts, finally reached an agreement with the monarch of Spain, to find a trading route to reach India. The traveler’s quest was unsuccessful, but he did manage to find uncharted land. In Columbus’ “From Letter to Luis de Santangel Regarding the First Voyage” he denies failure by suggesting that the voyage was not a lost cause. Moreover, about a topic that symbolized great importance, “This island and all the others are very fertile… its lands are high, and there are in it many sierras and very lofty mountains… filled with trees of a thousand kinds and tall, and they seem to touch the sky… I saw them as green and as lovely as they are in Spain…” (36). For one reason, Columbus used comparisons toward this new territory and Spain as if they were alike; Spain was a unique nation at the time and receiving remarks of a distant land having the same characteristics was unusual. However, this description about the uncharted land wasn’t of importance in the hierarchy of Spain, it did however, lead to opportunities to different explorers at the …show more content…
By reading Cabeza de Vacas’ “From The Relation of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca”, he further extrapolates, descriptions of the Indians as strong, had knowledge of agriculture, and showed little signs of civilized beings. As time passed with living with the Indians, it was time to “track down the Christians”, Cabeza de Vaca said, only to later betray them since he was still fulfilling his sole purpose of coming to the land. Even though, the periphery in Christian minds was to be rid of these Natives, in which represented evil, but not in the mind sets of Cabeza de Vaca and Casas. As a result of the process of cleaning out the land, it gave a pure outlook like God intended in through biblical text. More specifically, not only did the Spaniards covet this, but they also were searching for a new start; a new

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