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Topics: Native Americans in the United States, Christopher Columbus, United States Pages: 3 (924 words) Published: September 25, 2012
It was inevitable and unavoidable that violence and dispossession were outcomes of the centuries-long confirmation of Native Americans with European settlers and their American descendants. European settlers were relentless whenever they were introduced to things that were appealing to their eye. If they wanted it, then they would go get it due to the superior mindset of the Europeans.

European settlers first came to the New World for multiple reasons. It started with Christopher Columbus wanting to find a shorter and quicker route to the East. Failing to do so, he made the New World’s existence known to the Old World. It wasn’t just the Europeans who decided to come to the New World. The Spanish government was informed of the New World by Christopher Columbus himself. The Spanish government sent explorers as well. The Europeans and Spaniards weren’t so friendly with the Natives, nor were the Natives too appalled about the rude awakening to the Europeans on their land, such as Tecumseh and Red Jacket. Not all people had this mindset. Benjamin Franklin was a very open minded and understanding person. A few centuries later, the mindset of the Europeans did not change much. They still wanted to claim the land as theirs…by all means. (Doc. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8)

Christopher Columbus was sent off on an expedition to find a shorter and quicker route to the East, but he ended up sailing to Hispaniola. Astonished by his discovery, Columbus seized the land for its rich gold and transportation to Europe. The Natives had their land stripped from Columbus and his men. I wouldn’t doubt they were angered, saddened, and feeling hopeless. (Doc 1)

The Spanish government sent numerous amounts of military expeditions in the 1500’s in order to obtain more land and rule over the Natives. Francisco Coronado, who was a conquistador, led an army through what is now southwestern United States. Coronado and his men treated the Natives as if they were slaves. This was due to a command...
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