The European cultures and way of living changed the lands that the Natives originally inhabited. The Indians cleared some of the forest that was in the Eastern Woodlands to build their villages. They would build their houses and the women planted corn, beans and squash. They would plant food so that they could attract animals and hunt them. The Indians didn’t use the land or wear it out because the land wasn’t theirs. They did not believe in land ownership. A Native American once said,”…the Great Spirit told me…that the land belongs to Him, that no people owns the land; that I was not to forget to tell this to the white people.” The Europeans didn't think the same way. They thought that they had the right to own the land and everything on it. When they arrived to the Eastern Woodlands they fought or traded for the land that they found. They cut down the trees to make lumber. The Europeans killed many animals so they could sell their fur or pelts.
The Europeans thought that the Indians were wild and uncivilized.The Indians farmed, fished, gathered, and hunted for food. Europeans believed that because the Indians couldn’t build proper houses they were less intelligent. They made what they needed, or traded for things that they did not have. They had a supportive economy and cared for their... [continues]
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