Total War Justified Essay

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On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus landed in the western hemisphere that came to be the “New World” (Churchhill 97). Today it has been 523 years since Columbus journeyed across the Atlantic Ocean in search of personal fortune, spiritual destiny, honour and the fabulous riches of the East (Stevenson 67). This “New World” when discovered was inhabited by a population of well over 100 million however, by the 1890’s this population collapsed to slightly above 237,000 (Churchhill 97). This population was made up of Native Americans and it declined as they endured a horrendous magnitude and lengthy duration of genocide inflicted upon them by the Europeans (Churchhill 97). The Europeans justified these actions through language which functioned …show more content…
The Europeans justified their conquest from their understanding on the grounds of violations of natural law (Stevenson 69). War was justifiable against Native Americans because they practiced immoral and offensive crudeness and engaged in sins contrary to human nature (Stevenson 70). The Native Americans were only fit for conquest and enslavement according to the Europeans, because they lacked culture, could not write or keep records of their history, did not have written laws and were involved in every kind of intemperance and lust (Stevenson 70). They made war ferociously against each other and were addicted to satisfying their monstrous hunger with the flesh of their enemies (Stevenson 70). When Columbus encountered the Indigenous people this process of destruction was set in motion. The goal was not only the physical destruction but also the destruction of their culture in order to diminish their existence and obtain their riches. The process built up a structure of language, feeling and a way of thought that ensured its continuance from generation to generation. The war demanded the enemy be eradicated and not just simply defeated. A new innovation called “dogging” appeared in Central America, in which vicious dogs were raised on a diet of human flesh and trained to disembowel upon command (Churchhill 105). The dogs would pursue a …show more content…
John rater having spoken of it through the mouth of Isaiah and He showed me the spot where to find it.”, In this letter he perceived his findings were from God and his actions were for God. Columbus and the Europeans were driven by material desire for wealth and power and were blinded by their self-justifying religious belief. They transformed the Indigenous people into savages, evil cannibals and cowardly subhumans through the use of total war. The colonizers created and sustained this system of unequal relations amongst themselves and the Native Americans. The colonizing process involved entering and destroying the Native American’s territory and creating methods of control over their lives. The English men and women were willing to leave home and sell cloth and metal objects to the Native Americans, but wanted land so families could benefit from it, which meant trouble with these people (Stevenson 69). The Europeans believed they had a right to enter and occupy lands in any part of North American, without any regard for the rights, safety or survival of those whose rights were ensured for thousands of years (Stevenson 69). The Europeans as Christians believed as long as they were acting for their monarchs, they could take these territories and force the inhabitants to accept baptism (Stevenson 69). The Europeans further reinforced the accepted view

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