Social Differences Between Native Americans And Aboriginal People

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Comparison between the Native Americans and the Aboriginal Peoples
“... The collision of advanced Old World and New World societies began abruptly in A.D. 1492, with Christopher Columbus’s ‘discovery’ of the Caribbean islands densely populated by Native Americans,” (p.67). While most of us are familiar with the story of the Native Americans’ land being taken by Eurasia, this tragedy also happened to the Aboriginal people, on the other side of the globe. Why did this occur for both the Native Americans and Aboriginals? Although their communities were far apart in terms of distance, their outmoded economic development was strikingly similar. Eurasia had guns, germs, and steel, while the Native Americans and Aboriginals did not. Today, both populations
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Overall, the Native American and Aboriginal land was seized because of how (relatively) easy it was for Eurasia to take it. For example, at the battle of Cajamarca the Native Americans experienced a horrible defeat, “Today, it is hard for us to grasp the enormous numerical odds against which the Spaniards’ military equipment prevailed. At the battle of Cajamarca, … 168 Spaniards crushed a Native American army 500 numerous, killing a thousand natives without losing a single Spaniard,” (p.75). How could the Native American army, who at first glance had a clear advantage, lose? These following reasons explain why the Native Americans and Aboriginals lost the battle, not just at Cajamarca, but overall for their land. This paper will discuss why the Native American and Aboriginal land was taken, which lead to an economic decline, in three major points: the outdatedness of their weapons …show more content…
“... when we domesticated social animals, such as cows and pigs, they were already afflicted by epidemical diseases just waiting to be transferred to us,” (p.206). While the Eurasians domesticated animals and became immune over time to those diseases, when Eurasians went to the Native American and Aboriginal people the germs spread causing major illnesses. The reasoning behind this situation is, “... almost an entire tribe may be wiped out by an epidemic brought by an outside visitor-simply because no one in the tribelet had any antibodies against the microbe,” (p.203). The other problem is that Eurasia had horses while the Aborigines and Native Americans did not. The usefulness of horses was that, “... Native American [and Aboriginal] armies had no animals to oppose horses, whose value for assaults and fast transport gave Europeans an overwhelming advantage,”

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