Relationship Between Indians And Europeans In The Colonies

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In the 1600s Europeans came to America in search of new opportunities and a better life, but instead they found problems with the Native Americans who had been there long before them. During this stretch of time each colony and group of Indians had their own social, economic, and political tactics for dealing with their new neighbors. These very tense relationships were created because each group (Indians and Europeans) tried to force their traditions on to one another. The Indians initially tried to help the Americans but the colonists couldn’t become accustomed to their ways of life, this led to many wars and rebellions. So even though many colonies and Native Americans worked together at first, their unfamiliarity with one another eventually …show more content…
In each of these colonies the actions taken by the Indians and Europeans affected their relationships politically, socially, and economically.
Each of the four colonies listed above reacted to the Indians in different ways, meaning their relationships and economy would be affected differently. For example when the New Englanders first settled in Massachusetts they took all the Indians land and cut down their trees which they used for ship building. The New Englanders also took advantage of their proximity of the water and kicked out any Indians that lived close to the ports or that lived on the coastline. Even though it seems like the New Englanders economy was the only one that was thriving, the Indians did benefit from European technology. Chesapeake, which is in Virginia, probably got the most out of the Indians economically. Not only did the Indians show them how to grow tobacco which became the number one crop in all of the southern colonies, but they also took a lot of
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The Indians relied on the Europeans for food and weapons and when New England stopped trading with them and when they started to expand their land for aggressively the Indians decided to take action. The chief of the Pokunoket tribe was Metacom (King Phillip) and starting in 1675 he led a bloody uprising against the Europeans that lasted over a year and ended when Metacom was caught and killed. The Indians that were captured were either killed or sold into slavery, some saw that there was no hope in fighting the clearly superior Europeans so they sided with them. The Anglo-Powhatan wars had a significant outcome on European and Indian relationships in Chesapeake. The First Anglo-Powhatan war started because colonists began to steal food from the Indians and the Indians attacked because of it. This war ended in a peace treaty, but when the last Anglo-Powhatan war happened in 1646 it ended with the Chesapeake Indians being banished from their ancestral lands. This led to 40 years of peace between the Indians and Europeans, but it would eventually end due to Bacons Rebellion. By the late 1600s there were many poor and landless men that lived in Chesapeake. In 1676 Nathaniel Bacon and many other people from Virginia were tired of having to deal with Governor William Berkley’s friendly policies toward the Indians. Bacon along

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