Thursday, February 28, 2019
Native Americans and Early American Colonists
Native American and Early American Colonists Grade prep ar and even beginning level college hi taradiddle classes have taught early American exploration from a largely one sided moot of the conflict surrounded by early explorers and Native Americans. The traditional image of the Native Americans as the resole dupes, is an oversimplification of the conflict that existed between early explorers, settlers and Native Americans. Through the readings from capital of Ohio, Bradford and slightly selected Native American writings, the traditional view of the Native American victim will be challenged and a broader view of the conflict will be presented.capital of Ohio set out to explore a new land down the stairs the Spanish flag to bring riches and fame to Spain and the throne. In his letter to Santangel, Columbus (1493) explained how he hoped to find great cities and kings but instead found a primitive people and settlements he described as small hamlets that he viewed quite devolved f rom the bustling civilizations of Europe (pg. 26). One can clearly see, that Columbuss hopes of finding rich kingdoms and cultures were dashed instead his presence was met with opposition from the Indians.This relationship with the natives was described by Baym et. all (2008) as disordered and all-fired (pg. 25). These natives were mistreated even though one could argue that they threw the first type slug but, as Baym et. all (2008) describes earlier in the chapter, the Natives were not merely victims. They strategically used alliances with explorers and settlers to further their own interests and disputes with warring tribes and peoples. William Bradford (1897) describes quite a different account of his coming to the new world. He was part of a host of pilgrims seeking religious freedom.He likens their arrival to the new world, to the story in Acts were the apostles are met with such aggression from barbarians who were readier to fill their sides full of arrows (pg. 60). by a nd by on in his account, he describes an attack they received from the natives he described as enemies (pg. 64). Later on in his account, Bradford (1897) describes some awful events surrounding early accounts of settler and native inter operationions in which the Native Americans treated the english as worsened than slaves and were sent around and made sport with (pg. 70).One last important viewpoint to eliminate credence to is that of the Natives themselves. This account is unique and oftentimes not told. The first story mentioned is that of the freeing of John Smith as a ceremonial act that the natives hoped would earn them respect from the English. This instead had the opposite effect and eventually brought to the highest degree an attack from the natives which killed over 500 colonists. In a speech from Pontiac (1763) he expresses concern over his people forgetting their heritage and blaming the English for the polluting of his peoples culture and beliefs.He holds the English in complete responsibility and calls for their blood. The traditional view of the natives as the sole victim is an oversimplification of the problems revolving around immigration and heathen diversity. Just from these collar personal accounts from the time period we have three very different views of the issue. So, to say that one peoples are the victim is a gross oversimplification and misrepresentation of history. Columbus, C. (1493). Letter to Luis de Santagel Regarding the First Voyage. In Baym, N. (Ed. ). (2008). The Norton Anthology of American literature (seventh ed. pp. 24-28). New York, NY W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. Bradford, W. (1897). Of Plymouth Plantation. In Baym, N. (Ed. ). (2008). The Norton Anthology of American Literature (seventh ed. , pp. 57-74). New York, NY W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. Pontiac (1763). barbarism at Detroit. In Baym, N. (Ed. ). (2008). The Norton Anthology of American Literature (seventh ed. , pp. 208-209). New York, NY W. W. Norton & Compa ny, Inc. Baym, N. (Ed. ). (2008). The Norton Anthology of American Literature (seventh ed. , pp. 1-218). New York, NY W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.