The problem is, to achieve this newfound opportunity Jackson wants to remove thousands of Indians from their settlements and move them to Oklahoma (Roark, 260). If you disregard the lives of all the Indians who were massacred for not leaving when Jackson ordered them to, I guess obtaining new land was a good thing. But it’s a bit hard for me to just ignore that harsh racism. Overall, I believe Jackson was a good President and certainly the most influential Democrat. However, in some instances I think he went too far, such as forcefully making Native Americans leave and some of the comments he made about the issue.
Spain on the other hand felt that the native people were not using the land to it's full potential. It was their obligation to put the land to better use. Through the generations of colonization and invasion, both the Spanish Empire and the native people met several ups and downs. Spain initially conquered many of the Natives such as the Aztecs and the Pueblos. Eventually the Pueblos blamed the Spanish for their hardships and misfortunes because of the fact that the Spanish had, in a sense, outlawed their ancient rituals and ceremonies.
Even worse, if the Indians bear their grounds many will be killed by the white men for trying to hold the land and the Indian race can be even extinct. Those are the reasons why I am in favor of the removal of the
In conclusion I believe that the Europeans brought scalping to the natives when they came to colonize. Scalping is a very harsh act that took place up until the 19th century with the last people to do it being the Natives. Although the Europeans introduced scalping, the Natives continued the tradition. Both sides are equally as guilty of this harsh
The failure to convert the Native Americans to Christianity perhaps is another reason that changed the puritans’ attitude toward the Indians. The puritans saw Indians less as people that needed to be converted but irredeemable heathens that needed to be exterminated in order to fulfillment God’s divine plan, like Canaanites or Amalekites in the Bible. “Now He hath many ways to destroy them”, said Mary at the end of her
After watching the documentary on the Trail of Tears I have come to the conclusion that what the Americans did to the Cherokee Indians is heartless, selfish, and cruel. Men, women, and children were taken from their land and herded to makeshift forts with very little food and warm clothes. They were stripped of everything they owned and stood for. They couldn’t do anything about it for fear of being killed. I believe that what happened in the 1830s was evil.
And they were senselessly murdered just because they were different. Nothing today can compare to the holocaust because it was so massive and unforgettable. But the holocaust has taught us about how people need to treat each other. If people start to treat each other like the Nazis did the Jews there is no stopping another holocaust from happening again. The Nazis were judgmental raciest and disgusting people who hated anyone who was different then them.
As the Indians were forced to leave the land white people just came over and took part of the land that belong to the reservation and there was nothing the Indians could do about it. The discovery of gold made matters even worst as Americans came across the land looking for fortune in large numbers and in the process destroyed the land and the ecosystem. Their vast numbers drove away the bison herds and forced them to change their emigration patterns, which made it a lot more difficult for the Indians to sustain themselves. In addition to being forced to move to small reservations they were put on rationed food and supplies from the U.S government and to change their culture all against their will. The reservations were not set on the best land; those were given to white Americans.
This fusion of races created a new race of “mestizo” people. Along with the birth of a new race, the race of indigenous people changed drastically as it declined dramatically. “The Spaniards nearly wiped out the native population.”(Acuna 2007) Various reasons are believed to have contributed to the vast decline on indigenous population. One is the fact that the native people were not immune to smallpox and other European diseases. Another major reason was the war itself, as it killed many natives.
In addition to that, Christopher Columbus was uncaring and cruel. He mistreated Native Americans when they tried to be friendly to him and his crew. He killed/slaughtered many Native Americans and slaves and is responsible for one of the greatest genocides in the history of mankind. Over the years, children have been taught by their parents, teachers, textbooks that Christopher Columbus “discovered” America. A large portion of the world disagrees with that statement and argues that he, in fact, did NOT “discover” America and that he should not be credited for that.