-1A COMPARISON OF THE NATIVE AMERICANS ENCOUNTERED BY COULUMBUS ON THE ISLANDS OF THE CARIBBEAN WITH THE ENCOUNTERED BY CORTES IN THE MESO-AMERICA.
In the Age of Exploration these are two of the recorded encounters of Native Americans and here is my comparison of those encounters. Each encounter was by a different explorer and were 27 years apart as well as many miles apart. With each encounter comes a difference in sophistication and how technologically advanced the Native Americans by Hernando Cortes in the Meso-America to those of the Native Americans encountered by Christopher Columbus on the islands of the Caribbean. The main differences revolved around how their weapons were made, what constituted housing for each group, the sophistication of their architectural structures, any religious practices or beliefs as well as how the Spanish were treated upon arrival and if there was evidence of animosity between the two groups or if the natives were warlike.
Christopher Columbus sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492 in hopes of finding a route to India for trade purposes. Some of the Native Americans that he encountered on the island of Guanahani in the Caribbean were the Taino . The natives were friendly and welcomed the Spanish peaceful and passively and aided the Europeans' in recovery from the long voyage by bringing them water and food. They came to the Spaniards ready to barter for any thing the Spaniards would give them in return for whatever the Natives could bring for trade. Columbus referred to them as "simple in war-like matters" and that they had no weapons to speak of just a javelin made of wood with a sharpened end yet they were at war with other inhabitants and carried scars from defensive wounds made from people from the other islands who wanted to make them their prisoners. I do not believe that there was any evidence of animosity between these two group encountered by Columbus and Cortes. Columbus also believe "that...
Cited: Halsall, Paul. ed. Internet History Sourcebooks Project.
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