Economic influences of the spanish and french towards the Indians of North America before 1750

Topics: Native Americans in the United States, United States, Indigenous peoples of the Americas Pages: 2 (524 words) Published: October 11, 2013
While on his voyage to asia Columbus discovered the New World in 1492. The discovery of the New World led to the arrival of new groups, the spanish and the french. The arrival of the European settlers in the early 1600s in North America disrupted the peaceful Native American tribes that have been living there. The acknowledgement European settlers had on native tribes emulated their own culture and economic viewpoints.

The spanish replied brutally in specifications of economy and culture in their search for gold and their quest to convert Native Americans to Catholicism. Economically the spanish settlements in North America were established for gold and silver. The spanish, led by Hernando Cortez, forced natives to work in gold and silver mines. This made the natives slaves to the spanish. The spanish tore down the temples of Tenochtitlan for christian cathedrals. The spanish attempted to convert the natives into Catholicism. The natives had no choice, the spanish forced their religion on the natives. Thanks to the "Mission System' employed by the spanish conquistadores, many native american religious practices, customs, and ultimately languages were lost forever. From then on the spanish were known as the “Red Furries”. The spanish did give the natives language along with many types of food and animals. Too good to be true from the red furries? They also gave the natives their diseases. Smallpox, chicken pox and the measles were unknown in north america before the europeans arrived. The natives did get their revenge on the spanish though by giving them their disease syphilis. The natives weren’t so mean and gave the spanish chocolate, corn, tobacco, silver, and so much more. Unlike the spanish the french befriended the natives. Even though the europeans did kill a massive amount of natives with their diseases. They developed a peaceful and jointly beneficial relation with them while establishing the french fur trade. The fur trade became one of the main...
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