The initial encounter between the English and the Native Americans along the Atlantic seaboard in the early decades of the 1600s produced reactions on both sides that ranged from suspicion and doubt to friendship and support. Yet a century later the Indians had largely been pushed off their lands and the Europeans controlled vast reaches of territory extending towards the Appalachian Mountains. Discuss the nature of the relationship between the English and the Indians, the techniques used by both sides to assert their interests, and the reasons the English were ultimately victorious.
The relationships and interactions between the Native Americans and the English were very complex and delicate. Often times they started out very friendly but over time they changed to very hostile and aggressive relations. The English wanted land and resources and the Natives wanted their land back. When these two forces met with an altercation there was almost always death and bloodshed. Although the Native Americans fought back against the English in hopes to save their land, the English eventually won. The Natives lacked the resources to beat the English even though the numbers of the Natives were greater. Over time the natives died out due to disease and just general war and bloodshed. The English Were ultimately victorious due to the fact that the natives lacked resources and immunity to disease, the aggressive assertion of interests, and the swift seizing of land by the settlers in the 1600’s. The relationship between the natives and the English was definitely a very tense and sensitive matter. When the English first arrived in the new world the Natives though of them like gods, and eventually friends. But over time they realized that these so called “friends” were out to kick them off the land and exploit the natural resources. The natives and the English often wanted to assert their interests in hopes of a somewhat nonviolent agreement. The natives raided, traded and...
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