Western Europe’s expansion of Atlantic trade, through exploration and colonization, not only improved their own economy, but also the economy of America, through sharing new trade products and crops as well as beginning the slave trade. Western Europe began exploring other parts of the world around the mid-1400s. They first started out with primarily explorers from Portugal and Spain. Some of these people were Christopher Columbus, Francisco
Tiara Williams January 3, 2013 Period 7 American imperialism in the late 1800’s was a break in American foreign policy. America has always wanted to expand the country. In the 1800’s, many people thought that America should join countries such as England and set up colonies overseas. Imperialism is when a bigger, stronger country wants to control other smaller and weaker territories. At that time, imperialism was a trend around the world.
As time passed by, the American frontier floated into history, and the myths of the west firmly held to the imagination of Americans. To explain how the West was won and make it pleasant to everybody, the American government used the term manifest destiny (God’s will to expand the land) and an assimilation process to make Native Americans civilized. American popular culture widely characterized Native Americans as discomfort and ambivalence to the general people of America. As the United States worked to destroy the Native Americans life, they created way to glorify and romanticize their traditional culture to explain Whites’ imperialist past. Today, it is possible for somebody who does not know about Native American history may have mixed feelings about them
The Indians were the first to do good for the English and the English were the first to do wrong to the Indians. The English believed only what they wanted too, even if it came from an untrustworthy source. The English would ignore 20 of the most honorable Indian men and listen to the least trustworthy Indian so they could punish the Indians. When land was sold by the Indians the English men said that more land was sold than the Indians agreed with. The English would trick the Indians to sell their land for less and if the king would not then the English man would create a new Indian king that would sell the land.
Sketches have been created as a result of interviewing Lakota Sioux members. Crazy Horse remains a legendary hero among the Lakota Indians. Dear Abby, Do you think its okay for the whites to steal the land from the Indians? Sincerely, South Dakota Wonderer Dear South Dakota Wonderer, I don’t think it’s nice to take the land from the Indians just because there’s gold up in the black hills. It’s not nice because The Indians and the government singed treaties saying that they would not invade the land.
However, the Act did manage to suppress many of the Native American practices for the time being and its land allotment policies had long-standing implications. The Dawes Severalty Act was passed to serve the purpose of “civilizing” the Native Peoples. The common belief among many settlers was that the reservation system, in which the majority of tribes owned their lands communally, was heeding their ability to establish economic and cultural prosperity. Steven J. Gunn, an Associate Professor of Law and an expert on American Indian Law, spoke about how: The Friends of the Indians, an influential group of philanthropists and reformers in the Northeast, believed that if individual Indians were given plots of land to farm, they would flourish and become integrated into the American Economy and culture as middle-class farmers. (2) This tied in with the idea that if a Native American was to drop his heritage and culture and assimilate into the population; the government would no longer need to oversee Native American welfare in a paternalistic way which it felt it was obligated to do.
In this policy memo, I will give a brief history of immigration into the United States, why it is such a major issue, and give alternatives to the way America handles immigration and nationalization of immigrants. Immigration began in the 17th century when Europeans came in search of a new world. During this time, these immigrants came with the promise of cheap land. (Diner, 2008: 1) There were no limitations on immigration into the United States at this time. By the early 1800s, the number of immigrants increased drastically.
Battle of Little Big Horn Thinking on Indian Reservation only exposed a form of discrimination, an instrument of control and grown limitation. June 25 and 26 of 1876 a submission plan for the Lakota Sioux, the Arapaho tribes and Northern Cheyenne was release to 7th Calvary troops and Infantry Soldiers of General Terry and Lieutenant General Custer to obligated the Indians to return to the Reservations. It seems that more than take the Indians back to reservations the intentions of the military troops was exterminated this clans of the Native American. The strategic decisions and coordination of each execution plan prove an upcoming hostile confrontation that Americans thought to have victory over. (Fox 1993).
In this Act treaties signed by American agents and representatives of Indian tribes guaranteed peace and the integrity of Indian Territory’s primarily to assure that the lucrative fur trade would continue without interruption. American settlers wanted the Indian land extremely bad, but that led to violent conflict in many cases and succeeding treaties generally compelled tribes to cede large areas to the Unites States government. (cite) But must this remind you that, this happened centuries ago and nobody who was involved with this act is alive , so our laws today shouldn’t compile to what happened many years
Although the media depicted the cavalry coming to the rescue and defeating the Native Americans, I could not help but wonder if all Native Americans were demeaning and fearful towards the whites. Nonetheless, my initial portrayal and assumptions of Native American culture was; as one can imagine, anything but of images filled with savageness towards the innocent European whites. So how and where did all of these primal assumptions of mine towards Native American culture originate? Why were they depicted as ignoble savages and if the European whites knew of the different tribes of Native American lump together all of the tribes as a collective entity? (Berkhofer, p.23) The current stereotypes we hold of the Native Americans stem from the first encounters of Europeans with the indigenous people.