American Indian and European Colonists

Topics: Native Americans in the United States, New Mexico, Colonialism Pages: 2 (436 words) Published: September 19, 2011
Encounters between American Indians and European colonists led so different relationships but generally ended in a sad story. In the 1600's, all relationships were not as bad as others. Relations between American Indians and New England were mostly good but on the other hand, the Spanish Southwest was not as good.

We learn upon the arrival of the New Englanders and confronting the American Indians, that it is generally cooperation between the two making strong alliances between them giving them huge benefits. For one, the New Englanders were nothing in the harsh winters without the advice of the Indians. The first winter, most did not survive; but the natives were able to help for the second and create better hunting, eating, and heating methods. The New Englanders in return showed the natives the many wonders that Europe possesses. The first celebration they held together that we still celebrate today is Thanksgiving. People would think this would set the way for the New England/Native American relationship but no. Eventually people push these Natives off their land, overhunting, infecting them with disease, and trying to convert them to a new religion.

In comparison of the New Englanders and Spanish Southwest, they were extremely different. Both were under different rule therefore having different goals, cultures, and ideas. New Englanders were seeking escape from what they once new and wanted peace and expansion. On the other hand, the Spanish Southwest wanted wealth and to conquer everything. Once they knew they had control of the situation and had no need for the natives, they decided to drop them.

The Spanish Southwest was not as a heart-warming story as the last. Spanish rulers had entire civilizations and cultures virtually wiped off the planet. This also relates back to Aztecs, Mayans, and Incans because the same way of conquer and expand was used and brought into the Southwest because of its effectiveness. With a warmer and more forgiving...
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