The Interactions Between The Europeans And Natives

1558 Words7 Pages
There were significant barriers that the explorers and the natives encountered. Even though an economic relationship was developed between the natives of the new found lands and the European explorers, it was not easy. For example, since different languages were spoken by both groups, communication was very limited. Also, the relations between the natives and the Europeans were not always on good terms. Finally, from analyzing these interactions between the Europeans and the natives, it can be seen that the Europeans, to some extent, thought of themselves as superior to the natives they encountered. Through most of the explorations that occurred, trade was the outcome of the economic relationship that was developed between the natives and the explorers. For most of the 15th century, when Africa was being explored, slaves were a commodity. In The Atlantic Crucible, Armesto made this evident, “The economy was geared to slaving, raiding the African coast…” (Armesto, p. 183). Armesto also said, “It was necessary to continue the search further south, and to exploit the chief resource of the region: slaves” (Armesto, p. 193). Due to the fact that slaves were a large resource in Africa, they were bartered which enhanced the economic relation with the Portuguese. This was a resource that was greatly appreciated by the Portuguese of Africa. In the Race, Discourse, and the Origins of the Americas article, it is stated that “…established commercial relations with Africans, exchanging slaves, ivory, skins, musk, cotton, and other commodities for brass bracelets, Alentejan blankets, cotton cloths, and horses” (Hyatt and Nettleford, p. 142). In Columbus’ voyage to the islands of Hispaniola and Juana gold was a major trading item. The natives of these islands had an abundance of gold and traded it for items that were not very common to them such as it is stated in The Selections
Open Document