Native American Arrival

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The History surrounding the Native Americans and the arrival of the Europeans has long been a topic of heated debate. Prior to the arrival of Europeans, Native Americans lived according to their own political systems, customs, and beliefs. They lived according to the conditions of the area they were in. They were hunters, gatherers, fishermen, agriculturists, architects, and warriors if need be. There was also tribal violence and disputes. The arrival of Europeans brought change, a change that offered a new way of life and would eventually overwhelm the Native Americans. Considering the change that the arrival of the Europeans brought, I disagree with the assessment that the Native Americans did not view the Europeans as mystical beings, but…show more content…
Man was becoming increasingly curious about what rests beyond their borders. These men lived in what was called the “civilized world”. They wore “proper clothing”, clothing that most of the Native Americans had never seen. They lived in homes, went to schools, and worshiped a “civilized God”. They had horses, which were extinct in America until the Spanish settlers surfaced. These men arrived on massive ships, that held cannons, guns, jewels, gun powder, swords and other things that many of the Native Americans had no idea existed. When many of the Native Americans met the Europeans they did indeed see them or some of the items they possessed as mystical. If we use the history of Native Americans as a reference of what their lives were like prior to European encounters, we can certainly say that they would have indeed viewed the people they met and the items they possessed at the very least as strange or unfamiliar. This is a fair assessment and one that is supported by documented encounters. Hernan Cortes was the leader of the Spanish expedition of 1519. During this expedition he met the Emperor Moctezuma of the Aztecs. Cortés’s expedition, unknowingly to him, corresponded with the return of the Aztecs main God, Quetzalcoatl. Upon hearing of the Spanish explorer’s arrival, Moctezuma sent messengers to meet the strangers, and confirm whether or not they we the…show more content…
Some tribes such as the Aztecs fell under Spanish rule, their wealth was extracted, land seized, and large numbers of their people died. Other tribes living in the Southeastern part of the United States, the Chickasaw, Cherokee, Creek, and Seminole, known as the Five Civilized Tribes, had to circum to European Settlement, and with little choice in the matter, they were forced to make an alliance. They assumed European customs and their religion, Christianity. Why? When the Europeans arrived they brought more than guns and gunpowder, they brought smallpox, measles, pneumonia, and many other illnesses. These illnesses claimed the lives of many of the above mentioned tribes. This presents two assessments, there were many tribes that were overwhelmed by European arrival and alliances were made, but not always with ill intent or the goal of
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