Was Conflict Between Native North Americans and English Settlers Inevitable?
Until the lions tell their stories, the hunter will always be the hero .” History is basically
written about the victors. The version that tends to make a group look better is always told. There are many examples in history such as the history between the Natives and English settlers. People may argue how Europeans coming to America, invading Native North Americans home for there needs, caused conflict, because they didn’t come to make relationships only determined to get what they want. The eventual conflicts that took place between Native North Americans and English settlers was not inevitable, meaning avoidable, because English were able to live amongst Native North Americans peacefully, relied on them as allies, and were able to cultural exchange and synchronize.
It is believed by archaeologists that thousands of years ago, Americans came from Asia as they were following animals across a land bridge that was created during the Ice Age. As the people came into America they began to journey east and south through many harsh environments. They were known as very skilled hunters and had adapted into their environment. (
) By 1492, when Columbus arrived from Europe, he named the group of people he came in contact with first “Indians”, as he was searching for India believed that’s where he was.
Decades later, as Natives began to make first encounters with European settlers, the population began to decrease as the Natives were being exposed to diseases such as smallpox, influenza,
measles and other diseases as they lacked the natural immunities to European germs. They were not used to this sickness. (
We Shall Remain/After The Mayflower)
Many tribes lived in North America before the English, such as Protestants,which were people who were a group of English Protestants that didn’t agree with some of the ways of the Church of England began to arrive in the 1600s meeting with various tribes that were a part of the Algonquin. (patheos.com) Many people had begun to depart from England to make a profit off the many resources they would find in America, therefore they sought out to gain more land. In 1607, three ships docked in Jamestown, making them the first English people to settle down in what is now the U.S. On the ship were 103 people and they chose John Smith to governing council (nps.gov). Before the 1620s, many Europeans came to America for trading for resources with the Natives to acquire furs, though; they had the English built a bad reputation for capturing and killing the Natives.
In 1621, a group of pilgrims, people who migrate to places for religious reason, arrived and were settling in what would become the Massachusetts Bay Colony. As they settled they came across a tribe known as the Wampanoag, who barely had any members left as they were struck with a terrible disease, thus desperate for allies. The two had agreed on forming an alliance, which they both depended on in order to survive. The two groups she both had celebrated the first Thanksgiving were celebrated by two groups to celebrate the colony’s first effective harvest.( scholastic.com) In 1622, an event known as The Indian Massacre, which was
Powhatan Confederacy trying to get rid of the colony of settlers, which was the spark of conflict as 300 people were killed (
Possibilities of Peace
In the 1600s, ...
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