The Political, Economic, And Religious Systems Of The Native Americans

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The political, economic, and religious systems of the Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans created distinct societies based on the interactions experienced by each one. While there were visible differences, the groups also shared many similarities. The diverse societies learned to adapt to the environments around them and in doing so built civilizations very unique from each other. The advancements they made also led to unavoidable similarities as they began to interact with their neighbors. When Europe came into contact with the two groups, it led to a series of events that greatly impacted the systems, opening a new world to the three and altering them for better or worse.
Before Europe came into contact with Africa and the Native Americans, the separate interactions experienced by each group led to many differences in the economic, political, and religious systems followed. The Native Americans organized their groups in one of three ways, an empire such as the Aztecs, a confederacy such as the Iroquois, or a chiefdom such as the Mississippi Valley Indians. In confederacies such as the Iroquois, women played an important role in decisions and were in charge of the crops, like is known as a matriarchal society. If the mother of a family was wealthy, then the children would be. Unlike this, the European political system was organized as a hierarchy with both a wealthy class and a peasant society. Europe was ruled by a king unlike the natives who would be…

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