Understanding Cultural Diversity Throughout The United States

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Understanding cultural diversity in the United States is vastly important when it comes to the modern dynamics and politics that shape the regions and the people who now inhabit and have inhabited the Western hemisphere long before initial European colonization as well the various ethnic groups that subsequently came afterwards in search of religious, political, and economic freedoms the vast American continent had to offer. With Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the year 1492, shortly after the Reconquista successfully vanquished and removed the Islamic Moors in the Iberian peninsula, the stage was set for newly discovered Western lands, thought to be Asia, to be converted to Catholicism and its riches plunged and purged, if not exploited, in a clear and distinct hierarchy based on origin and race and technological ‘superiority’ that set the precedent and took root all throughout the Americas. The region in which I live, that is the North Eastern United States; New York to be precise, however, was not connected to those initial Spanish conquests that occurred in the American West, South West and Florida. Henry Hudson an English explorer, in 1609 landed on Sandy Hook on behalf of the Dutch, who at the time had the greatest mercantile fleet in the world, however, it was not until 1624 when Dutch colonialist first settled on the island of Manhattan, which was inhabited by various tribes notably the Lenape and Munsee people who belong to the Algonquain family group. The…

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