The European Impact On Native Americans Essay

2480 Words Nov 15th, 2016 10 Pages
The European’s drastically impacted the Native Americans upon their arrival to the New World. Researchers from Germany and the United States have stated, “European conquest triggered the loss of more than half the Native American population.”1 The three main groups that navigated their way to North America were the Spanish, English colonists, and the French. Despite the different groups of new comers, a very small number of them viewed the Native American people as their equals on any scale of tolerance. In today’s society, it still remains a heavily debated topic of discussion amongst people. However, the lives of the Native Americans would never prove to be the same as they were before Columbus and the European people arrived. They accidently landed in the Americas on October 12, 1492 and began settling into the New World. As they began to explore and plant their roots on the land, they encountered groups of Native Americans, often referred to as Indians or Indigenous people. The forceful ways of the Europeans quickly began to take a toll on the Native people in numerous ways. To begin, the population numbers of the Native American people before and after the arrival of the Europeans is an important aspect to consider. For example, the first Indigenous group Columbus came across was the Taino’s in the Bahamian Island of Guanahani, later renamed San Salvador.2 Their population was estimated around 250,000 in 1492 and by 1550 their population was almost completely wiped…

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