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Final Comparative EssayConnor Bolin3/13/16Over this semester, I have been provided with various forms of material which helped me understand the contact between the Native Americans and the various groups of Europeans. The articles,maps, and documents each provided a unique insight on how each party drew an opinion on the interactions amongst the members. The party’s consisted of Spanish, French, English and Virginians, and Dutch. Not only was I able to review what the Europeans thought, but I also was able to review some documents that helped me get an understanding of what the Native Americans thought as well. Even though each party was different, there were similarities that each shared with their interactions.The Spanish were the first Europeans establishment to have an encounter with the Native Americans. Their goal in taking the voyage to get to the New World, was to establish a colony which would reap profits from the benefits that the new land provided them with. Upon arrival, they found many materials in which they found great value which they planned on producing and trading in bulk. Inorder to fulfill the labor that was needed to maintain their new gold mine, they began to enslave the Native Americans. The Native Americans were forced into hard labor which took many of their lives. They were slaves on plantations against their will. As the Spanish empire continued to grow, the Native Americans began to intermingle with the Spanish-built churches. These missions were developed and the Native Americans began to spend time learning about the religion, Christianity. The missions had a goal to convert the Native Americans to Christianity by inviting them to participate in the services that the church offered. The church helped the Native Americans by providing protection for them from enemies and they also helped them create a better supply of food. The missions taught many of the Native Americans how to read and write, as well as taught them skills like carpentry and metalworking. While this seemed good for the Native Americans, they eventually felt as if they were being treated
more like slaves in the missionaries. The Native Americans eventually grew unhappy and felt as if the missionaries were replacing their Native American traditions and religion. This led to the Native Americans to flee, rebel, and in some case, burn down the missionaries.This took a very big hindrance on the Spanish and Native American early relationships. Most Spaniards treated the Native Americans very poorly and as if they were not better than the animals. According to a Catholic missionary, Fray Toribio de Benavente, he says that the Spanish do nothing but command like drones. Overall, the relationship between the Spanish and the Native Americans, was not too good. The Spanish took advantage of the Native Americans and used them for what they could and the Native Americans were aware of it. The Spanish viewed the Native Americans as weak and As we