FRQ- Native Americans

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Blake Medley
9/4/14
Doctor Dohle
AP US History
FRQ- Native Americans and Europeans

The presence of a frontier changed western civilization for centuries after Columbus’ landing in the New World. One key aspect of the frontier was the American Indians, and their relationship with the English Colonists. Although the relationship was peaceful at first, it ultimately became a violent one with constant wars and disagreements. This is mainly caused by European expansion and ignorance towards Native customs. In the early 17th century, when English colonists came to the New World in search for a better life, they made peaceful relations with American Indians. Not long after the Colonists and Natives realized their intolerance of each other and the two groups soon became enemies. Many conflicts took place between the American Indians and the European colonists in the Chesapeake Region including the sight of the first and second Anglo-Powhatan Wars. Upon arrival into the Chesapeake region, the Colonists and Natives had a peaceful relationship. This is mainly due to the Colonists needs for Native’s assistance. The Natives taught Colonists better ways to grow crops on the new land and the two groups often traded. The English also allied with some Native groups and helped to fight off other enemy tribes. When the English no longer needed the American Indian’s help to survive, their relationship plummeted. Thus, the First Anglo-Powhatan Wars would be fought. This war pitted the English settlers at Jamestown against an army of Natives under the command of Powhatan. After the Europeans endured the Starving Time, they viciously attacked the Indians. Colonists used tactics which included torching American Indian villages. Ultimately, the Colonists won over the Natives when the Colonists captured Powhatan’s daughter, Pocahontas. Although this war created violent tensions between the two groups, it ultimately ended in peace. This is mainly due to...